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When Stories Go Digital: Explore and Contribute!

Sunday 24th March 11 am

Venue: The Auditorium, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster , LA1 1TH

Tickets: £4 Full/ £3 Concession Performance Only or DIGITAL COMBO £8/£6

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Literature is (much) more than just books in any form. Digital technology allows authors and readers – who become users and players – to play with words, worlds, and stories differently, to offer and experience many stories in one, and to interact and create together. This session offers just that: Alexandra Saemmer and Serge Bouchardon, both digital authors and academics based in France, will present two of their works that engage the digital medium in the form of a performance and discussion and invite the participants to experiment and create their own in the following workshop.

Alexandra Saemmer’s Bömische Dörfer uses Prezi, the presentation software inventively to walk us through a historical moment, the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans from Brno in 1945 and their ‘March of Death’, mixed with personal memory of the author’s mother who lived through it. On a much lighter tone but not without reminding us of the risks involved in technological progress, StoryFace, created by Serge Bouchardon and Alexandra Saemmer,   imagines what might happen when machines read and interpret our facial expressions.

The workshop the following performance offers participants the opportunity to experiment with the tools and create their own Prezi stories with Alexandra’s guidance or create characters for StoryFace guided by Serge.

Alexandra Saemmer is Professor of Information and Communication Sciences at University Paris 8. Her research projects focus on the semiotics and aesthetics of digital media, reading and writing on digital platforms. She is author and editor of several books and articles on digital textualities, and she also writes ‘paper’ poetry and fiction in German and French, as well as and digital poetry and fiction on Facebook.




Serge Bouchardon Professor of Communication Sciences at the University of Technology of Compiègne in France, where he teaches interactive writing. His research focuses on digital creation, in particular digital literature. As an author, he is interested in the way the gestures specific to the digital contribute to the construction of meaning. His creations have been exhibited across Europe, America, Africa, and the Middle East and selected in various online journals (bleuOrange, Hyperrhiz, SpringGun, The New River). His Loss of Grasp ( won the New Media Writing Prize 2011.