Talan Memmott is a hypermedia artist/writer/editor originally from San Francisco, California. He is the Creative Director and Editor of the literary hypermedia journal BeeHive, which he started in 1998. Memmott comes to electronic art/writing from a background in visual art (painting, installation, performance, video), theater, music, and writing. His creative hypermedia work has appeared widely on the Internet and has been critically acclaimed for its visual and interactive design, as well as its content and concepts. Much of Memmott’s work circulates around ideas of an expanded field of textuality as afforded by hypermedia, and the creation of applications that are simultaneously creative and critical. He has produced numerous works that explore what he calls "network phenomenology", most notably Lexia to Perplexia.
Articles and essays addressing Memmott’s hypermedia work have appeared in publications including Book Magazine, Electronic Book Review, The New York Review of Books, Poets and Writers, Postmodern Culture, Realtime Australia, Teach Magazine, and Wired News. Memmott’s Lexia to Perplexia is the focus of a chapter on technotexts in N. Katherine Hayles’ Writing Machines. His own essays on electronic textuality have appeared in American Book Review, The Cybertext Yearbook 2002, and in a collection on New Media Poetry (forthcoming from MIT press).
Memmott has served as a tutor for the trAce Online Writing School, an Adjunct Professor of Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization. Over the past few years he has been an invited speaker, panelist, reader and performer at various Conferences and Universities. In fall 2004 Memmott was appointed Visiting Distinguished Faculty in the Literature, Communication and Culture Department at the Georgia Institute of Technology.