Week 8: Locative Writing / Ambient Literature

This week we’ll be looking at forms of digital writing that take advantage of the locational  and contextual possibilities offered by contemporary technologies. We’ll be meeting in Bath to try out a piece of “ambient literature”.

Assigned Reading

Dovey, Jon. 2016. “Ambient Literature: Writing Probability.” In Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture, edited by Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, Lily Diaz, Morten Søndergaard, and Maria Engberg, 141–54. New York, NY: Routledge. [An online copy of this book is available through the Bath Spa Library website.]

It Must Have Been Dark By Then. This is a hybrid work which combines a smartphone app with a physical book. You can download the app for Android or iOS. We’ll be doing this in class this week.

Additional Reading

Ambient Literature

Janet Cardiff

The Cartographer’s Confession and interview with James Attlee (You need to be in London to actually do this one, but you can still experience the content through the “armchair” mode.)