Treasured Artifacts on Display at the Exhibition

  • Hard-bound, signed copy of Rob Swigart's Portal: A Dataspace Retrieval
  • by Rob Swigart
  • Photograph by Holly Slocum, the Electronic Literature Lab

Two years after the release of his text adventure game Portal (Activision, 1986), Swigart, an established novelist, penned this print novel for St. Martin's Press. Over its 340+ pages, it extends the game's plot and provides back stories of the many characters the story features. Swigart presented this signed copy to Grigar during the semester her students developed the first two levels of the Virtual Reality adaptation of the game and novel, a project called "DATA ENTRY: PORTAL" also featured in this exhibition.