Month: April 2016

OpenLab supports Oakland based Writ Large Exhibition and Screening Series

Writ Large is an Oakland-based exhibition and screening series and commissioning program for creative work at the intersection of literature, visual arts, and programming. The ongoing series of screenings, installations, and exhibitions features a curated program of text-based artwork in several related genres which go by different names but all share the use of screens rather than (or in addition to) print media or performance as vessel for the written word. These include kinetic typography, motion design and text animation, visual poetry, cine-poetry, and video poems, interactive poetry, text-based digital and new media art, generative and procedural programmed texts, and many forms of what’s known as “e-lit”. The festival gathers the diverse practitioners of these forms under one roof, and coalesces these related movements into a more cohesive whole that demonstrates the potentials of screen-based texts. We also work with writers, designers, animators, programmers, and other artists to commission new works to be featured in festival programs or in site-specific installations.

SUBMIT your ideas to Writ Large:

Writ Large curators take an expansive view of screen-based writing, and will consider work in many styles, genres, and disciplines — as long as text is an important element in the finished work or the process of its making. All media and formats are accepted, as long as the work can be viewed or accessed on a projection surface, computer, digital display, or mobile device in a screening or exhibition environment. Please submit your work as you intend it to be presented, in the categories you feel are appropriate, and complete all applicable fields. Recommendations for specific submission categories and venues are listed below.


Video Poetry: time-based film/video of poetry, written or read, “cine-poetry” “motion poems”
Interactive Fiction & Poetry: hypertext, writing in games, Twine, Processing, etc.
Animation & Kinetic Typography: web comics, text animation, motion design, title design, visual poetry or “vispo”, Flash, Processing, etc.
Generated and Procedural Texts: generators, chatbots, Twitterbots, etc.
Spoken, Performed, & Social: other texts that involve live reading, performance, in-person or group enactment


UCSC evening screening: a program of shorter (<15 min) time-based works on a large theater screen (May 21 2016)
UCSC exhibition: an exhibition of longer looping videos, installations, projections, kiosks, and interactive works  (May 15 – 21 2016)
Great Wall of Oakland: a program of shorter time-based visual works on a large, outdoor public projection surface (April 2016)
Great Wall off-site installations: longer visual works in various Oakland uptown/downtown storefronts (2016, ongoing)
Writ Large website: online exhibitions of various works that cannot be included in other venues

Writ Large began as a program at the Great Wall of Oakland in 2015.Commissions and prizes are made possible through generous support by the following:The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund (UCSC, Porter College)
The Zellerbach Family Foundation (Bay Area)
The Clorox Company Foundation (Oakland)