IOCT SALON - LEICESTER
31 JANUARY 2008

The IOCT Salon is a regular event that highlights practice and practitioners in the digital arts. It takes place at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. The next event at IOCT Salon presents Andy Campbell: Dreaming Methods – Digital Fiction, on Thursday 31st January 2008, from 6.00 to 7.15pm.

Experience recent Dreaming Methods projects on a big screen, including a preview of a new project Clearance, an apocalyptic digital fiction created by Andy Campbell and film-maker Judi Alston. The talk will include discussion around the possibilities of new forms of electronic narratives – from full-blown cinematic multimedia to exciting new e-book standards.

Since the 1990’s Andy Campbell has experimented with the possibilities of writing fiction for the computer screen and, although most people still consider fiction something they’d read from a book, an explosion of blogs, online journals, text-based “web art” projects and the introduction of electronic portable reading devices has generated a new wave of mashed up narrative experiments and intrigued (often confused) audiences.

Andy Campbell’s website Dreaming Methods combines fictional narratives with other media such as film, photography, animation and music. The results are highly challenging but compelling reading experiences that explore dream inspired states, the subconscious and the deterioration of memory. Projects are often visually haunting and atmospherically immersive where the text itself floats, mutates and gets entangled with motion graphics creating powerful ‘scenes’ throughout the ‘story’.

Bio:

Andy Campbell is a writer and web artist. His online journal Dreaming Methods experiments with the possibilities of merging narratives with other media and has been described by the Times Educational Supplement as “one of the most impressive purveyors of the new art of internet reading.”

As a performance writer Andy has presented his work at venues such as the Ikley Literature Festival, The Wardrobe (Leeds) and The Poetry Project (New York). He has been working in the digital/literature world since 1993 and has developed multimedia interfaces and web applications for a wide range of clients in different sectors of the arts, including in literature: The Man Booker Prize, Edinburgh International Book Festival, the National Association for Literature Development, The Poetry Book Society and Opening the Book Ltd.

Andy regularly designs book covers and print publicity material for new fiction titles and has collaborated on a variety of digital fiction projects with other artists including film-maker Judi Alston, novelist Martyn Bedford and poet Maya Chowdhry.

Andy is Co-Director of One to One Productions Ltd, an innovative arts organisation undertaking multimedia commissions, who specialise in producing and facilitating creative media projects with organisations, groups and individuals both in the UK and overseas.

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