Authors and creators read from and share their works of E-literature as part of Boston's CyberArts Festival. This appears to be the first of two tapes, but unfortunately, the second tape is missing. Scott Rettberg, Shelley Jackson, ELO, M.D. Coverly, Adam Codrey, Nick Montfort, Marjorie Luesebrink, Dirk Stratton, William Gillespie, The Unknown, Frank Marquardt, Kurt Heinz, Talan Memmott, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Rob Wittig are among the performers. 21 April 2001. The event took place at the Boston Public Library. Nick Montfort was the main organizer of the event.
This video documents GiG 2.0 and celebrates the 1st anniversary of the ELO's founding. It took place at the Center Portion, known as "a salon space for Art and Activism" in Chicago, IL. Sheila Donohue, from the Poetry Foundation offers the welcome and JoeTabbi introduces the performers. Performers include Michelle Citron, Kurt Heintz of the E-Poets Network, CHAOSity, and the electronic book review.
GiG is an interactive cabaret of electronic literature and media, featuring a reading from "The Unknown" by William Gillespie, Scott Rettberg, Dirk Stratton. Moderated by Joe Tabbi. Video by Roderick Coover. The video comes from the ELO Archives. Note that the video quality of the first 1:47 minutes is corrupted.
Scott Rettberg wrote: "This is Gig 1.0, the first ELO event that we organized shortly after the ELO's formation. It took place on December 11, 1999 in a loft above a warehouse in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, the "Deadtech Gallery" . . . . Also featuring Kurt Eric Heintz, Rob Wittig, Roderick Coover, Robert Arellano, Newspoetry, and others. . . . There might be a second tape with the rest of the evening as well -- it went pretty late and ended with Dirk Stratton reading Samuel Beckett's "Rockabye." It was a case of wine and keg of beer type of arrangement, and a lot of people actually paid the cover charge. I think we charged $10 at the door."
Rettberg also pointed out that "the start of the video isn't degraded -- it was of a kid watching Chicago from (I think) New York -- we were doing live streaming between a couple of locations in New York and Seattle over early video-chat (maybe CUCME). And one of the poets in Seattle had her 6-month old watching the event in Chicago. This was all pretty amazing at this point."