Creators and Technology Converging: When Tech Becomes Part of the Story

Moderated by:
Erin Kissane (Contents Magazine & OpenNews Source)
Todd Boss (Motionpoems), Louis-Jacques Darveau (The Alpine Review), Eli Horowitz (The Silent History), Kate Pullinger (Bath Spa University), Russell Quinn (The Silent History)
Location: Astor Ballroom Level:
Average rating: ****.
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In this 2-session “mini-track,” Erin Kissane leads a panel of artists (author, editor, designer/developer, poet, and multimedia producer) in exploring how technology is influencing art and authoring, and how the very nature of creation is being redefined by networked and other tech tools.

Topics for discussion:

  • How form influences the narrative – each technological decision informs the next, and therefore affects the content and reader experience.
  • How collaboration impacts story development.
  • The pros, cons and exciting possibilities when audience-generated content removes artistic control (sometimes changing the narrative and often extending the life of the project).
  • How creating for one platform/device versus many also affects the development of the story and the direction it will take.
  • and much more!
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Erin Kissane

Contents Magazine & OpenNews Source

Erin Kissane is co-founder and editor of Contents, an online magazine that draws connections between new forms of editorial work, publishing, and journalism. She also edits Knight-Mozilla’s Source, a community site that highlights the work of data journalists and newsroom coders.

She is the author of The Elements of Content Strategy (A Book Apart, 2011), and has worked with clients including W.W. Norton, Thomson Reuters, and the US Patent & Trademark Office to develop unified workflows and tools for publishing on the web. She was formerly the editor of A List Apart magazine and editorial director of Happy Cog Studios.

She lives in Brooklyn and blogs infrequently at

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Todd Boss


Todd Boss is the literary director and co-founder of MOTIONPOEMS, a new poetry film company now partnering with Copper Canyon, Graywolf, BEST AMERICAN POETRY and other publishers. A 2013 premiere of new works will be screened at the Walker Art Center in April. Todd’s poetry collections are YELLOWROCKET (W. W. Norton, 2008) and PITCH (2011).

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Louis-Jacques Darveau

The Alpine Review

Louis-Jacques Darveau is Publisher and Editor of The Alpine Review, an ambitious new independent magazine that has been referred to as “a compendium of ideas for a world in transition”.

A recovering lawyer and refugee from the land of boardrooms, Louis-Jacques consults independently to both public and private institutions, focusing on new ventures, innovation opportunities, product development and marketing. He has wide-ranging experience working with high-profile clients in Canada, the US and Europe, delivering performance-boosting solutions. His passions include issues of complexity, turbulence, good governance and good society. LJ is currently based in Montréal, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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Eli Horowitz

The Silent History

Eli Horowitz was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s for eight years, working closely with authors including Chris Adrian, Salvador Plascencia, Deb Olin Unferth, Michael Chabon, Adam Levin, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Vollmann. He is the coauthor of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery, and Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of ping pong, and his design work has been honored by I.D., Print and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Before McSweeney’s, he was employed as a carpenter and wrote science trivia questions tenuously linked to popular films. He was born in Virginia and now lives in San Francisco.

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Kate Pullinger

Bath Spa University

Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital media. Her most recent novel, The Mistress of Nothing, won Canada’s Governor General’s Award in 2009, and was published by Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, in 2010. Her online multimedia work, Inanimate Alice, has become an influential title, often cited as ‘the future of children’s literature’; the American Association of School Librarians named it as a ‘Best Website for Teaching and Learning’, 2012, and it has been included on the BBC/ACE digital initiative, The Space.

Pullinger’s other digital projects and books can be found at her website; she blogs about the future of literature here.

Kate Pullinger is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, she lives in London, England.

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Russell Quinn

The Silent History

RUSSELL QUINN is a software developer, digital designer, and cofounder of the multinational digital agency Spoiled Milk. He began his career making tools for game consoles at Sony, and was most recently employed as McSweeney’s Digital Media Director where he developed and implemented their e-book strategy, and relaunched their popular humor website and store. In 2009, he invented the first subscription-based iPhone app in the publishing industry. His work has been featured in TIME, Wired, Creative Review and Computer Arts. A native Englishman, Russell left the UK in 2005, eventually settling in California after periods in Denmark and Switzerland.


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