Welcome to The NEXT

2D & 3D, Algorithmic, Animated, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Codework, Combinatory, Generative, Glitch, Hypermedia, Immersive, Interactive, Kinetic, Locative, Mobile, Multimedia, Networked, Virtual Reality (VR), Virtual World, Web-Based/Net—these are some of the qualities found among the 37 collections of digital art and writing at the Electronic Literature Organization's The NEXT.

Envisioned as a combination museum, library, and preservation space, The NEXT maintains and makes its archives accessible for the next generation and responds to the growing need for open-access, travel-free cultural and research experiences for today's public and scholars.

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The Rob Swigart Collection

Forty-three video games, born-digital literature, & early eBooks donated by Rob Swigart, author of Portal, Directions, & Down Time.


Code Movie 1 by Giselle Beiguelman

One of the most important examples of codework, it asks us to rethink the way we read—and create.


Hypertext & Art: A Retrospective of Forms

Taking place at both Rome's Capitolini Museum and at The NEXT, the exhibition takes a broad look at hypertext art over the last 40 years.

Browse Collections by Category

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Individual Artists & Scholars

Discover the work of individual artists and scholars from around the world donated to The NEXT

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Online Journals

View works published in online experimental journals from 1995 to the present

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Explore the exciting works published in the Electronic Literature Collections

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Engage with curated selections of born-digital media featuring literature and net art

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Scholarly Publications

Study the many scholarly publications held in The NEXT

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ELO Archives

Celebrate the origins of the Electronic Literature Organization through its historical media