The 3rd trAce International Symposium
on Writing and the Internet
12-14 July 2004 at The Nottingham
Trent University, England
events of Monday 12th July, including the Official Welcome, are
available for viewing online: http://esystems.ntu.ac.uk/broadcast/
Confirmed speakers included:
Keynote Speaker: Ted Nelson
Plus: Paul Brown, Alan Sondheim, Tim Wright
Also featuring: Kate Pullinger, Steve Gibson,
2004 saw the third Incubation, the premier international event
for writers working on the web providing ideas, information and
debate for the new media writing community. There were opportunities
to experience recent works and lively discussions about the ways
new media texts are made, discussed, and reviewed. We also explored
methods of teaching and digital archiving in a creative context.
Incubation aims to encourage interdisciplinary creativity and
cross-fertilisation, and we were especially interested in introducing
the form to writers and artists for whom it is a new idea as well
as helping practitioners to share and expand their work.
The themes for 2004 were:
A. Developing a new form: contemporary textual
works in new media and performance
B. The practice of making: creative and professional
practice; online teaching and learning.
C. Critique and criteria: criticism, reviewing,
defining, and archiving of new media writing.
The 2004 Incubation Gallery focuses on Women's new media writing
and is curated by Carolyn Guertin. This went live at the symposium
and was presented by Sue Thomas on Monday 12th July in Carolyn's
Starting with a mysterious invitation to select an object from
the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford, England, three writers set off
on a trail which crossed continents and seas, times and religions,
tracing a creative and narrative journey for Online/Offline -
a collaborative narrative project developed for Incubation3 with
funding from Arts
Why a Symposium?
Those familiar with Incubation will notice that Incubation3 was
a Symposium rather than a Conference. This heralded a subtle shift,
not in identity, but in the way we promoted the event. Incubation
had always been very practice-based and in 2004 it was even more
so. Thanks to Arts Council England we offered a total of 30 bursaries
to enable those who cannot obtain funding elsewhere to attend
the full residential conference at no charge. We hoped this injection
of financial support to provide a greater balance of academia
and professional writers and artists.
New at Incubation3 - bursaries for presenters
Bursaries were made available to help with the cost of attending
Incubation. These were generously funded by Arts Council England:
Our partners and sponsors included the
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts; Arts
Council England: East Midlands; Nottingham
Trent University, The
Poetry Society and the National
Health Service Information Authority.