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Dolphins in the Reservoir, a work of electronic literature by Will Luers, Hazel Smith, and Roger Dean (austraLYSIS: 2022-3)


Dolphins in the Reservoir   


Will Luers is digital artist, writer and media arts teacher. In the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver, he teaches multimedia authoring, creative programming, digital storytelling and digital cinema. His art has been exhibited internationally and selected for many festivals and conferences, including the Electronic Literature Organization, FILE (Brazil) and ISEA. The generative e-lit work novelling, a collaboration with Hazel Smith and Roger Dean, won the 2018 Robert Coover Award for Electronic Literature. As an artist-researcher in academic and experimental digital publishing, he created the international online journal The Digital Review and is the current Managing Editor of the electronic book review. See his website

Hazel Smith is a poet, performer, new media artist and academic. She has published five poetry volumes including Word Migrants, Giramondo, 2016 and Ecliptical, Spineless Wonders, 2022. Hazel has published two CDs of poetry and numerous performance and multimedia works; she has also performed and broadcast her work extensively internationally. In 2018, her multimedia collaboration with Will Luers and Roger Dean, novelling, was awarded First Prize in the international Electronic Literature Organisation’s Robert Coover Award. Hazel is Emeritus Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. She has authored several academic books including The Contemporary Literature-Music Relationship, Routledge, 2016. She is a founding member of the sound and multimedia ensemble austraLYSIS. See her website

Roger Dean is a composer/improviser/performer and researcher. He has created, presented and published several hundred compositions and made numerous recordings. He has worked in most of the leading new music ensembles in London and Sydney. He is founder and director of the sound and multimedia ensemble austraLYSIS. Dean is a prolific researcher, currently specializing in music computation, cognition and creation at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development (Western Sydney University). Recently he co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music for Oxford University Press. Dean also had a previous career as a biochemist and spent a period as an academic leader, first as Foundation Director of the Heart Research Institute, Sydney, then as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra. See his website


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