And off we go…

Wow.  It is our second week of #NetNarr and the momentum is most certainly starting to build.  I know most of your faces, and I know many of your names, even though we are just getting this learning-party started ;).  The #dda tweets are streaming in.  They are already full of jest, and smarts, and fun.

Since we reached maximum capacity in our former lecture room, we have moved to bigger spaces (SH Aud B & SH Aud A) where we can stretch out and not feel so cramped.

Last week was orientation, and this we kicked off our discussion of digital art by considering early tech history & some 20th century art movements  – each lens opening up a context for the work of today’s digital artists.  If you are interested in looking back at our discussions, here are the slides from Lecture 3 and Lecture 4.  I am pretty sure that we have covered enough “food for thought” to lend you something to ponder or reflect upon for your first #NetNarr blog (due by Sunday):

We also had our inaugural #NetNarr Studio Visit this week, with special guest Brett Gaylor, the creator of the award winning web documentary “Do Not Track“.   Perhaps you would like to consider the discussion here as part of your blog reflection?  There is much to ponder in the dynamic conversation we had:

In lab this week, I invite you all to make a meme (or a few) about #NetNarr, and tweet them to our #NetNarr stream.  What is a meme? 

A ‘meme’ is a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea. The “meme” word was first introduced by evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins in 1976. “Meme” comes from the Greek word “mimema” (meaning “something imitated”). Dawkins described memes as a being a form of cultural propagation – a way for people to transmit social memories and cultural ideas in the digital age. Not unlike the way that DNA and life will spread from location to location, a meme idea will also travel from mind to mind.  The bulk of internet memes will continue to be humor based, but as meme makers become more sophisticated in their thinking (…hint hint #NetNarr), expect memes to also become more intellectual, philosophical, more savvy.  So let’s get some #NetNarr memes rolling this week…  And let’s see what kind of meaning about our online community we can generate by the simple creation of a meme.

So, what is coming up for next week?

Here are the details about Dr. Leonardo Flores‘ Wednesday lecture on “Third Generation Electronic Literature”:

Onsdag31.01.2018, 12:15-14:00
Rom: Sydneshaugen skole, Auditorium D

**Remember that class on Thursday next week is cancelled in lieu of Dr. Flores’ lecture on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend, and see you all here….or there…

Dr. Zamora

#NetNarr means internet-jest

What a great start to a special class!  #NetNarr Norway is officially in full swing.  We spent our first week together in “Orientation-mode”.  In this course, we will place more emphasis on open participation and reflective writing as the hallmarks of deep learning.  Add to that peer-learning support and production-centered activities.  We will reflect on the role and meaning of art, games, and literature in the digital age.  We will compose and make new digital artifacts.  And together we will make a new community – a professional learning network.

In the first class, I introduced everybody to this new #connectedlearning approach to the Digital Genres course.  In our second class, I made sure everyone could apprehend the secret to #NetNarr success (i.e. our best practices for thriving in an open #connectedlearning course). Here are the slides from lecture 1 and lecture 2 this past week.

One of the magical outcomes of setting the course in motion has been discovering that  the chosen course title – Netnarr – has added significance.  Narr when translated from the Norwegian means mockery or jest – it means to entertain as a fool or a trickster (like the court jester).  I couldn’t dream of a more perfect double meaning for our title of the course – #NetNarr certainly captures the course’s spirit of daring playfulness and smart silliness.

So what is next?

  • Remember to add your blog URL & Twitter handle to the google form
  • Read Introduction chapter of Digital Art by Christiane Paul (in bookstore)
  • Check out the digital art piece Network Effect by Jonathan Harris
  • Check out the first episode of the interactive web documentary Do Not Track

As we move into week #4, please remember our discussion of “best practices” for success in #NetNarr:

  • Blog by Sunday evening (first blog due 1/28) – tweet it and always use #netnarr hashtag
  • Post 1-2 #ddas per week (include them in your blog)
  • Go to lecture! Go to lab!
  • Read the new post on the homepage each week (like this one)
  • Surf the hashtag here and there – for fun, for discovering new information, interact with #netnarr peeps  – share resources, ask questions, compliment other contributions…

Next week we will start to discuss the world of digital art!

See you then,


Welcome to #NetNarr!


Welcome to DIKULT 103 “Digital Genres”, better known as Networked Narratives.  Our course will be a journey into the worlds of digital art, video games, and electronic literature, as we seek to understand the transformative magic that may reside in making, composing, writing, and producing art in our digital age.  

Some questions

-How has art and textuality been transformed in a computational environment?

-Do new forms of interactivity (and the creation of new types of agency in digital composition) generate a new form of aesthetic politics?

-What role(s) may digital writing, digital art, and digital games play in the development of new forms of community?  How do these cultural forms influence what is possible (or impossible) in society?

Digital Alchemy

This course will always be about the notion of digital alchemy.  The theme of alchemy will be our golden thread weaving our way through a special journey this semester.  Alchemy is often thought of as the effort to turn something base or worthless into something precious, like gold.  But alchemy has also been about  breathing life into the inanimate – capturing the secret of the breath of life.  Alchemy has sought to capture the source of transformative vitality.  

So we will take this understanding of alchemy, and explore it actively in contemporary digital spaces.  And we will also strive to be digital alchemists ourselves. In other words, we will be thinking deeply about about digital art and textuality, but we will also be creative, we will make things, we will be storytellers, gamemakers, and artists, and we will spend time in the lab tinkering and breathing life into our own ideas.

Networked experience

This course will be networked.  That is to say, it will live on the open web, and your work for the class will be social and public by nature.  You will be writing each week and sharing that writing, you will be participating in group activities, public conversations that are archived, creating digital artifacts and sharing them, etc.  There will be studio visits with other digital artists and scholars.   There will be open participants (educators, friends, makers, etc. who join us in the ongoing #NetNarr activities).  We will also be having conversations and sharing reflections with university students from New Jersey in the U.S., and also with university students in Cairo, Eygpt.  You will get to know my friends/colleagues – Professor Alan Levine at Kean University, and –Professor Maha Bali at The American University of Cairo.  Together we will grow a supportive and dynamic community of thinkers and creators interested in our shared theme of digital alchemy.

Lets have some fun…

Networked Narratives is going to be memorable and lots of fun!  The design of this course is intentionally a “connected” one, which means that we will have conversations that continue after our literal class time, and beyond the four walls of this designated classroom.  We will reach out to researchers, artists, and scholars in the field of Digital Culture throughout the world through the hashtag #NetNarr.  We will discover what connected learning can be in this day in age, due to the affordances of digital networks.

See you soon for our first week of #NetNarr, or as the Norwegians say, …..see you in Week #3!

Looking forward to it,

Dr. Zamora



DIKULT 103: Dr. Mia Zamora's "Digital Genres" course at University of Bergen, Spring 2018