Dene Grigar

Dene Grigar




Dene Grigar, Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) who works in the area of electronic literature, emergent technology and cognition, and ephemera. She is the author of net art works, like “Fallow Field: A Story in Two Parts,” and multimedia performances and installations, like When Ghosts Will Die (with Canadian multimedia artist Steve Gibson). She has co-authored, with Brett Oppegaard, “Fort Vancouver Mobile” and The Grand Emporium of the West,” projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a recipient, with Stuart Moulthrop, of a 2013 NEH Start Up grant for a digital preservation project for early electronic literature, entitled Pathfinders. She has curated exhibits at the Library of Congress and for organizations, including the Electronic Literature Organization and Modern Language Association, and teaches curating at WSUV and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. She is President of the Electronic Literature Organization and Associate Editor of Leonardo Reviews.


Research Interests

– Electronic literature, including digital storytelling and e-poetics
– Sensor-based, physical computing
– Curating digital media objects



Graduate Supervision Interests:

Digital humanities maker theory and practice



Selected Publications:

Oppegaard, Brett and Dene Grigar. “The Interrelationships of Digital Storytelling Mobile Media.” The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies. NY, NY: Routledge, 2013. 17-33.

Grigar, Dene, John Barber, Will Luers, Michael Rabby, Aaron May, and Brett Oppegaard. “Teaching Mobile App Design and Development.” International Digital Media & Arts Association Journal (9) 2013: 49-63.

Grigar, Dene. “The Intermedial Experience of Barcodes.” Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society. Volume 2 (2012).

—. “Why Curating? A Curatorial Statement about Electronic Literature and Works on Desktop.” Rhizomes (24) 2012.

—. “Hyperlinking in 3D Multimedia Performances.” Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres. Ed. Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla. Bielefeld, Germany: Transaction Publishers, March 2010.

—. Electronic Literature: Where Is It?” Electronic Book Review. January 2009.

—. “The Present [Future] of Electronic Literature.” Transdisciplinary Digital Art: Sound, Vision and the New Screen. Ed. Randy Adams, Steve Gibson and Stefan Muller. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag Publications. CCIS (Communications in Computer and Communication Science) series. 2008.

Grigar, Dene and Steve Gibson. “Motion Tracking Technology, Telepresence, and Collaboration.” Hyperrhiz 03, Summer 2007.

Grigar, Dene. “What New Media Offers.” Computers and Composition 24.2 (2007) : 214-217.

Thomas, Sue and Dene Grigar. “The Emergent and Generative in Nature, the Digital and Art.” “Wild Nature and the Digital Life” Special Issue, Leonardo Electronic Almanac Vol 14, No. 7 – 8 (2006). 30 Nov. 2006.

Grigar, Dene. “The Role of Sound in Electronic Literature.” trAce Online Writing Center. Spring 2006.

—. “Kineticism, Rhetoric, and New Media Art.” Computers and Composition 22.1 (2005) : 105-112.

Grigar, Dene and John Barber. “Media Translation Theory and the Online Brautigan Bibliography.” Proceedings from the Digital Arts and Culture 2003. Ed. Adrian Miles. Melbourne: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2003. CD-ROM Reprinted in Fineart Forum 16 (2003). Online:

Grigar, Dene. “Mutability, Medium and Character.” Spec. issue of Computers and the Humanities. Ed. Ray Siemens (2002) : 359-378.


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