Flâneur, a Walkthrough: Locative Literature as Participation and Play

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This chapter presents an experiment in facilitating public contributions to an experimental system for locative literature called textopia. Discussing approaches to collaborative writing and the relationship between games and art, the paper presents the development and the testing of a game designed to foster participation in the system. The game is based on the recombination of found texts into literary compositions, integrating the act of exploring the urban environment into the act of writing, as well as into the medium that is studied. The resulting texts are read as a form of situated, poetic documentary reports on the urban textual environment. The experiment also draws attention to the importance of live events in building a literary community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic LIterature Communications
EditorsScott Rettberg, Patricia Tomaszek, Sandy Baldwin
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationMorgantown
PublisherCenter for Literary Computing
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)9781940425993
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-943665-01-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesComputing Literature


  • locative media
  • design
  • pervasive games
  • electronic literature
  • creativity


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