No Legacy Exhibition

Last Friday, BCNM’s Alex Saum-Pascual opened the No Legacy electronic literature exhibition in Doe Library. The day kicked off with a symposium looking at the development of e-lit and the burgeoning field of e-lit research around the world.

Later, Saum-Pascual and other curators gave a tour of the exhibit and explained the thought process behind the exhibition design and layout.

Finally, symposium-goers met in the Morrison Reading Room with wine and tapas to listen to speakers presenting on various aspects of e-lit and live demonstrations of interactive e-lit content.

Check out photos and tweets from the event below:

Preview of #nolegacy with Stephanie Lie #ucberkeley Brown Gallery, Doe Library in collab with @calnewmedia #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

2016 No Legacy: Symposium
2016 No Legacy: Opening

No-Legacy-2016_8.5x11_flyerIn NL||LE co‐curators Alexandra Saum‐Pascual and Élika Ortega propose to recover the previously unseen relationships of English language e‐lit with Spanish and Portuguese language works, both print and digital. NL||LE launches a speculative exploration of literary history: an alternative to making connections between movements and authors. Instead, it asks questions that highlight less common kinds of literary relationships like the look or the handling of the work as objects.


The exhibition No Legacy || Literatura electrónica (NL||LE) presents a collection of works of digital literature in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English alongside print works of the 20th‐century avant‐garde. It gathers an unprecedented team of collaborators from across the UC Berkeley campus (the University Library, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Institute of European Studies, and the Berkeley Center for New Media) as well as national and international partners to showcase the impact of technology on literary production in the 21st‐century networked world. The website for the exhibition at will launch with the show.


Electronic literature, or e‐lit, refers to works that utilize computers and other digital media in creative literary ways. Examples include hypertext or interactive fiction, digital poetry, narrative generators, Twitter bots, augmented reality texts, iPad applications, etc. Meant to be read on computers and other devices, electronic literary works reveal new ideas about literary and media developments while inviting interaction with readers.


The characteristics of e‐lit pose challenges for writers, scholars, and curators when issues like software and hardware obsolescence and preservation come to the forefront. Exhibits like NL||LE have become an ideal medium of projection for this kind of literary expression.


Claude Potts, Romance Languages Librarian at UC Berkeley, has furthered the temporality of the project by assembling more than fifty print works that inform the creation and reading of the digital pieces. Exhibit cases and tables were designed by students in a Berkeley Center for New Media seminar taught by Stephanie Lie.


No Legacy || Literatura electrónica opens on March 11, 2016 and runs through September 2, 2016 in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery of UC Berkeley’s Doe Library. The details for the Opening Symposium on Friday, March 11 are below.

10am-12:30pm Two Round Table Discussions – Berkeley Institute for Data Science (Doe Library) 
(1) Electronic Literature: History / Archaeology / Artifacts (10am-11:15am) with Dene Grigar, Élika Ortega, and Roberto Cruz Arzabal
(2) Transatlantic/ Transnational / Translinguistic Perspectives on E-Lit (11:15am-12:30pm) with Leonardo Flores, Sandy Baldwin, and Alex Saum
5:30-8:30pm Opening Reception and Exhibit Opening Tour – Morrison Library (Doe Library)
Readings by Amaranth Borsuk and Doméncio Chiappe