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Calling Artists, Coders, E-Lit Lovers: GSR Opportunity

Are you an artist? What about a poet? Do you think computers are cool? Do you play with code? Are you a Facebook freak? Come work with Prof. Saum-Pascual!

GSR Position for Spring 2016

Electronic Literature: A Critical Making and Writing Course [Prof. Saum-Pascual]

Alex Saum-Pascual is looking for a graduate student interested in working with her in the teaching and research involved in an experimental undergraduate course on electronic literature, i.e.: poetry and narrative created on a computer, meant to be displayed on a computer (hypertext novels, generative poetry, social media fictions, etc.). This is a Mellon award funded project, part of the DH program at Cal.

The course would be structured as a workshop, and most of the instruction and all lectures will be carried out by her, selected consultants from the D-Lab, Digital Humanities at Berkeley staff, and invited guest professors. The GSR would be in charge of helping students identify the tools they need to create their digital artwork, and assist them in their production during workshop time.

Class schedule is yet to be determined, but the course will probably meet twice a week (1.5hrs x2), dividing sessions between lectures and making workshops. The class will be cross-listed in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.

The ideal GSR should be familiar with (or have an strong interest in learning about) most of these tools and skills:

  1. Hypertext, Interactive fiction: Twine (http://twinery.org/), Inform 7 (http://inform7.com/), Undum (http://undum.com/)
  2. Generative grammars, Twitter bots:
    1. Tracery (http://www.brightspiral.com/tracery/) Cheap Bots Done Quick (http://cheapbotsdonequick.com/)
    2. Chatbots: ElizaScript (http://elizascript.net/)
    3. JavaScript and RiTa for NLP (http://rednoise.org/rita/)
    4. Python for NLP
  3. Kinetic poetry: Flash
  4.  Social media protocols (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)
  5. Creative usages of PowerPoint and Office Suite
  6.  Knowledge of Spanish is strongly preferred, but not required
  7. Interest in Latin American and Spanish literature and culture is also preferable but not required

If you are interested in collaborating in this awesome new course, please send Alex your CV before September 25 at saum-pascual@berkeley.edu. Questions are welcomed anytime! www.alexsaum.com | @alexsaum

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