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Rob Wittig

Duluth , MN
United States
Minnesota US
United States
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Rob Wittig is co-founder (1983) of IN.S.OMNIA, a literary electronic bulletin board system that pioneered the creative possibilities of the electrosphere and has been termed "legendary" by cyber-chronicler Howard Rheingold. Rob's book, Invisible Rendezvous, Connection and Collaboration in the New Landscape of Electronic Writing (Wesleyan University Press, 1994), based on Fulbright work with Jacques Derrida, is an analysis of this early period of electronic literature.  Rob coordinated several collaborations with members of the legendary French experimental literary group Ou.Li.Po. for IN.S.OMNIA. He also created web literature projects such as the faux-vernacular "Fall of the Site of Marsha," the chatroom novel "Friday's Big Meeting," and the hand-illustrated e-mail novel "Blue Company."  Rob has worked and played for years in the graphic design and publishing industry. He teaches graphic design, art history and writing studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He completed an MA in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2011.

Critical writing by this author:

Titlesort descending Publication Type Publisher Year
Archiving Ephemera – The Case of Netprov; Graphic Design in Re-Presenting Electronic Literature Conference paper or presentation 2014
Case Studies in American Creative Communities Conference paper or presentation 2010
Collaborative Creativity in New Media (roundtable) Conference panel or roundtable 2014
Congress of Fakery Conference panel or roundtable 2018
Electronic Literature as Action and Event: Participatory Culture and “The Literary” Conference panel or roundtable 2015
Invisible Rendezvous: Connection and Collaboration in the New Landscape of Electronic Writing Book (monograph) 1994
Is Life Like a Book or a Smart Phone? Why Form in Fiction Matters Other 2011
Jokes, Prompts and Models: Engaging Player Collaboration in Netprov Conference panel or roundtable 2015
Justin Hall and the Birth of the 'Blogs Article in an online journal Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Literature and Netprov in Social Media: A Travesty, or, in Defense of Pretension Article or chapter in a book 2018
Netprov: Elements of an Emerging Form Article in an online journal Dichtung Digital 2012
Networked Improv Narrative (Netprov) and the Story of Grace Wit & Charm: Rob Wittig's Thesis Defense Invited lecture 2011
Shyness, Cushions, and Food: Case Studies in American Creative Communities Article in an online journal 2012
START HERE> An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Electronic Literature Article in a print journal, Article in an online journal, Exhibition Catalog Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 2002
The Cuckoo Bird of Fiction: Pastiche, Hoax and the Evolution of Form Conference paper or presentation 2008
The Love of the Social Writerly Game (Interview with Mark Marino and Rob Wittig) Interview 2012
The Pasts and Futures of Netprov Conference paper or presentation Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2012

Events arranged:

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Titlesort descending City Country Date
START HERE> Chicago United States April 18, 2002 to April 20, 2002

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Elisabeth Nesheim