“The Radiant City”

Draft “Our Las Vegas” proposal for the 2014 Vegas Valley Book Festival 2014: “The Radiant City”

rev. March 5, 2014 5:30 PDT


Proposed, for 2014 Vegas Valley Book Festival: “The Radiant City,” a Twitter-base experimental literature and theater | video project.

The project reflects the evolving nature of literature in the technological and networked landscape, and builds on previous community-based Twitter projects I directed during summer 2011 and 2012 in Iowa City, Iowa and Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

In a continuing effort to experiment with the genre, as imagined in this early stage of development a group of Las Vegas and national writers will be invited to contribute to a semi-improvised work of fiction that will evolve over the course of the Festival. Participating writers will use the hashtag #vvbfn (Vegas Valley Book Festival Novel) in their tweets to allow for simple chronological organization of the material.

Depending on the budget, we anticipate working with nine writers. Three writers at a time will work four-hour shifts around the clock to craft a narrative with multiple characters and plot lines. The 24 hour round the clock nature of the project and narrative mirrors that of Las Vegas.

The writing of the novel will be displayed in process on monitors (or projected on screens) on site at the festival. We’ll also create a simple mobile web interface that will allow visitors to access the project from their mobile smart devices – iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fires, etc., as well as from home and at work on their computers.

Embracing the increasingly multimedia character of Twitter and writing, we also hope to work with stage actors in Las Vegas, likely through the UNLV Theater Department, budget permitting. Working with participating New York playwright /director Erica Saleh and local theater-based writers, the actors will improvise scenes based on the evolving narrative. The resulting short performances will be videotaped, post-produced, and subsequently attached as summary or flashback tweets in as close to real time as possible.

Local photographers, coordinated by Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner, will contribute stills of the social and physical landscape of the project.

Once the project is green-lit, we will approach local Las Vegas writers to participate, and we will encourage a collaborative design process to refine the project’s workflow and creative process in the year ahead.

We are keen to explore online and print publishing of the final work, using database-driven design to display the work, e.g. sorted by author, chronology and reverse chronology, by character in a way will allow for multiple “final products.

Budget Notes & Related Press clips available on request. Comments and questions welcome.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jon Winet


Jon Winet, Director
“Our Las Vegas”
an (online) public art | cultural animation project

Twitter: twitter.com/ourlasvegas
Facebook: facebook.com/ourlasvegas
Studio: Emergency Arts | 520 Fremont | Downtown Las Vegas
The Daily Frame: bit.ly/thedailyframe

revised: March 5, 2014 | 5:30 PDT
graphic added: August 9, 2013


graphic for June 2013 “Tyneside Novel” project presented in conjunction
with the 2012 ACM International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

“Tyneside Novel”

• The Newcastle Journal | June 13, 2012
“Classic tale of gangsters is retweeted for new era: Can a story by multiple authors be anything but a dog’s dinner? DAVID WHETSTONE reports on the Tyneside Novel experiment”
by David Whetstone

• Sky – Tyne and Wear | June 14, 2012
Tyne Twitter Novel: Three Days To Tweet A Work of Fiction
By Ruth Holliday

• Writing.ie: the home of Irish Writing Online | June 13, 2012
“Tyneside Novel: Exquisite Corpse 2.0 140 Characters at a time”
by Derek Flynn

• New Writing North (website)
“Contribute to new Tyneside Twitter novel”

• Newcastle Gateshead Initiative | June 10, 2012
“Tyneside Novel”
front and back of printed project bar card

“Novel Iowa City”

Iowa City Press-Citizen | July 8, 2011
“Iowa City Book Festival novel to be written in tweets”
by Stephanie Wise

The Daily Iowan | July 05, 2011
“Novel Iowa City to create book using tweets”
By Asmaa Elekeurti

Des Moines Register | July 1, 2011
“Munson: You, too, can help tweet a novel”
by Kyle Munson
nb: no longer on line – see attached file des_moines_register_kyle_munson.gif

Omaha World-Herald | July 1, 2011
“Nelson: Interactive lit is novel”
By Robert Nelson, World-Herald Columnist

• KCRG | June 30, 2011
Iowa City to Write Book, 140 Characters at a Time

• University of Iowa University News Service Press Release:
June 29, 2011
“Novel Iowa City event allows community to write book via Twitter”


“Our Las Vegas” dual exhibition project side-by-side electronic fliers

a. “Our Las Vegas” Exhibition Project

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 5, 2013
“Artists define ‘Our Las Vegas'”
by Carol Cling
“Neon” Entertainment Section, page 5E

Las Vegas CityLife
May 31, 2013
“TONIGHT: Our Las Vegas celebration exhibit shows growing dynamic of public art”
By Janessa Kenway

May 30, 2013
“This Weekend: Neon Bazaar, Our Las Vegas and BHOF”
By Geoff Carter
(see paragraph 3)

• DowntownProject
May 29, 2013
“Our Las Vegas Exhibitions Downtown”
By “News Gnome”

Las Vegas Sun
May 15, 2013
“Joe Downtown: Experience ‘Our Las Vegas’ artists’ works at Emergency Arts exhibit”
By Joe Schoenmann

Additional note: the project was also was also included in a number of calendar listings. Below is a sampling

• All Events
• Where Event
• Eventot

b. “Our Las Vegas” General Press

July 1, 2013
“‘Our Las Vegas’ Project is a new kind of public art”
By Selina Melançon

January 28, 2013
Our Las Vegas featured on “State of Nevada” news program on KNRP, Las Vegas National Public Radio Affiliate.

“A new kind of public art may soon be coming to your smart phone. ‘Our Las Vegas’ brings images of Las Vegas to mobile devices, turning the concept of public art on its head. In addition to photographs, the site will also include writing for Las Vegas, by Las Vegans.”

Host: Dave Becker, KNPR Director of Program
Guests: Jon Winet, Director & Ginger Bruner, Photographer, Our Las Vegas

Las Vegas Weekly
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
A new multimedia platform invites Las Vegans to tell it like it is
By Kristen Peterson

Las Vegas Sun
January 7, 2013
“Joe Downtown: Project brings ‘Our Las Vegas’ images to smartphones daily”

Addendum: Scan of Des Moines Register Column on “Novel Iowa City”



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