Friday, 3 October 2014

Loch Computer website launched

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Over the last few weeks I've been working with Colin Waters of the Scottish Poetry Library to set up a website for the new, intriguingly named,  Loch Computer network group.  This is a project which brings together writers, artists, computer scientists, humanities scholars and digital curators to consider the themes of “remoteness” and “connectedness” in the digital age.  Funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Network Award to the University of St Andrews’ School of English, the project will cross traditional boundaries between arts and sciences as well as between scholarship and creative practice.  Participants include poets Meg Bateman, Jen Hadfield, Peter Mackay and Robert Crawford, novelists Candia McWilliam, Meaghan Delahunt, Jennie Erdal, Ruth Thomas and Alice Thompson, computer scientists Don Sannella, David Robertson, Al Dearle and Helen Pain, photographer Norman McBeath, printmaker Leena Nammari, and young writers Vicky MacKenzie and Michael Nott.  The poets have been asked to produce a poem incorporating the words “loch” and “computer”, and the fiction writers have been invited to write a short story set on Iona, and involving in some way the ideas of “remoteness” and “connectedness.”  Norman McBeath will create a photographic essay on the theme of Iona.  I have very much enjoyed my conversations with the artists and scholars in this diverse group, especially at the project’s most recent meeting at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, and look forward to displaying more of the project’s outputs as they emerge on the new website at .

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