Rob Wittig

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Duluth , MN
United States
Minnesota US
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United States
US
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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.

Works by this author:

Work title Publication Type Year
Monstrous Weather Locative narrative, Published on the Web (individual site) 2016
All-Time High: A Netprov Performance, Published on the Web (social network) 2015
I Work for the Web: a netprov Other venue 2015
The Mission [Statement] Performance 2014
@Tempspence Published on the Web (social network) 2013
Reality: Being @SpencerPratt Published on the Web (social network) 2013
SpeidiShow Exhibited at gallery or event, Performance, Published on the Web (social network) 2013
Tournament of la Poéstry a netprov Published on the Web (individual site), Published on the Web (online gallery), Published on the Web (social network) 2013
The Colonization of Memory Locative narrative 2012
Grace, Wit and Charm Performance, Published on the Web (individual site) 2011
Occupy MLA Published on the Web (social network) 2011
The sport of détournement, the détournement of sport, basic skills for media remixes Performance 2009
Blue Company Published on the Web (individual site), Other venue 2002
Friday's Big Meeting Published on the Web (individual site) 2000
Friday’s Big Meeting Published on the Web (individual site) 2000
The Fall of the Site of Marsha Published on disc, CD, or DVD, Published on the Web (individual site), Published on the Web (online journal) 1999
El Dorado: Scenes from the Road Published on the Web (individual site) 1998
Invisible Seattle: The Novel of Seattle, by Seattle Locative narrative, Presented at conference or festival, Published on the Web (individual site), Other venue 1983
Air-B-N-Me Published on the Web (social network)

Critical writing by this author:

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

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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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