Digital Humanities Lab

DH Lab Project Profile: Pathfinders

Project Title: Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature

Primary UWM Contact: Stuart Moulthrop (English)

Affiliated Institutions: Washington State University – Vancouver

Description: The core of the project was video recording of demonstrations of important works of early electronic literature (1980-1995), some of which had become inaccessible due to system obsolescence. Demonstrations were performed by the authors as well as other readers. Extensive author interviews were also conducted. Recordings were made on vintage equipment available in Grigar’s lab at Vancouver. Editing and additional research were done at UWM, with participants meeting in the Digital Humanities Lab. The project was funded by an NEH Digital Startup Grant (HD-51768-13), under auspices of the Electronic Literature Organization.