November 6, 2006
A new research laboratory on hypermedia art and literature, nt2: New Technologies, New Textualities, has recently started up in Montreal, “to promote the study, reading, writing, and archiving of new textualities, of hypermedia and cyberart.” Bertrand Gervais at the Université du Québec à Montréal is director of nt2, which draws together researchers from Concordia, Université de Montréal, Université de Laval, and Université de Ottawa. We were fortunate to have coordinator Anick Bergeron and Alice van der Klei join us at Autostart and provide a pamphet – both slick and well-thought-out – explaining the lab’s goals and research directions and laying out the main questions it seeks to address.
There’s a precis online in English; the rest of nt2′s site gives those with a smattering of French a further idea of what the lab is and where it is heading. In a new world gesture, nt2 seems to eschew the traditional Zope and SPIP for Movable Type. The site features a massive bibliography and a wiki with definitions of key terms.