For Immediate Release: June 1, 2012
Contact: Jon Winet jon.winet at gmail dot com

“Tyneside Novel: Exquisite Corpse 2.0 – 140 Characters at a Time”

Jon Winet, Peter Likarish and Molly Gallentine, a team of new media artists and writers are busy in full-tilt pre-production on “Tyneside Novel,” a Twitter-based fiction work to be created over a three-day period, June 13-15, 2012 by a soon-to-be-formed worldwide community of writers.

“Tyneside Novel” will launch at Wednesday, June 13 10 a.m. [BST] with characters traveling by train from Edinburgh to Newcastle. This plot line, expected to be one of many, is inspired in part by Mike Hodges’ brilliant 1971 film noir “Get Carter.” Like the film, Newcastle’s compelling social and physical cityscapes are projected to play starring roles in the narrative.

Writers working locally and across the Twitterverse are invited to contribute to the project, using the hashtag #TyneNovel. Twitter allows for video and photography, so multimedia is expected to be an integral element of the work. The team anticipates with relish the surprises and plot turns Tyneside Novel promises to deliver.

The project is part of ongoing experimental creative writing, and research on the evolution of text and community in electronic space.

Based in Iowa City and New York in the United States, the team will travel to Newcastle to work on site. New Writing North and ISIS Arts, Newcastle arts and culture NGO’s, are helping produce the project.

Tyneside Cinema in the heart of Newcastle will provide hang-out|work space for participants wishing to work in close proximity and/or collaboratively. Members of the Tyneside Novel Team will gather daily from 11 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm  at the Tyneside Cinema Bar. Tyneside Cinema is located at 10 Pilgrim Street.

Project updates will be available on the project’s website:

The team will present a short paper focusing their 2011 project, “Novel Iowa City,” at the June 13-15, 2012 Designing Interactive Systems Conference in Newcastle. Tyneside Novel work will be produced over the length of the conference.

Upon completion of the project, the team will work on an online publication of the work, with a project release date by the end of the year.

Jon Winet serves as director of the Digital Studio for Public Humanities at the University of Iowa and teaches in the Intermedia Program. He has visited Newcastle with some frequency in the past fifteen years, and co-directed “Monument,” Locus+’ inaugural online project in 2001, curated by Sarah Cook.

Peter Likarish teaches Computer Science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He has a doctorate from the University of Iowa and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. His creative work has appeared in the Scotsman Orange volume Work and the University of Edinburgh’s V.

Molly Gallentine received her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and works as arts programmer for the City of Hoboken Department of Cultural Affairs. Her written work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail and The Rumpus. She recently co-produced a short film about Jell-O, which will be published online, this month, through the New Delta Review.

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r. 12 June 2012 15:45 BST

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