Jason Nelson
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BIO
Without really predicting the future, I've discovered a few places where quality goods can be purchased. I'm
also from Oklahoma, but sadly don't live there now. Being a poet by training, I love the way lights flicker and sounds make my stomach all a flutter.

Jason is scared of being hidden. But then so are the digital bits he farms. Certain regulations require his standing, and then sitting, which is just too damn obvious. Sometimes he teaches at Griffith University (on the coast’s most golden of coasts) as a lecturer in Cyberstudies, although the term conjures robots with beaks and hard wired…somethings. If you like this, you love this: www.heliozoa.com.

Sometimes, after nights of talking with friends late into the night, you come home at three or four in the morning and stumble into the bathroom. After a long release of fluids, and the sound of a night’s hard work being flushed away, you look in the mirror. At first the disheveled interloper in the metal backed glass is someone you don’t know. You douse your face with water and lookup again. Still the head and nose and eyes appear strange wobbling back at you with their curious stare. You strain to recognize the person. You clean the glass with a mildewing towel from the floor and still struggle to befriend this other invading your space.

Perhaps that is the way I feel as a hypermedia poet. After the intoxicating experience of creating hypermedia works, I am bewildered by my artistic reflection. Am I, as some ask, a painter? A poet? A sound manipulator? A multimedia tinkerer? I suppose some would say I am all of these. And others would say none. The work presented here for the Ohio Arts grant represents my pulling together art forms, my collage of poetry, image, sound, movement, and interaction. All of these elements are then filtered through the web environment, allowing for a broad audience, a hypermedia gallery for every computer.

But all of this, all the merging of various genres and technology is still too new, too ever evolving for anybody to know in any coherently explainable way what exactly they are doing. And that is exactly why hypermedia is so beautiful and enticing. Sometime, long ago, someone began classifying and categorizing our world. You are a baker, you are a criminal and you over there are a Central American poet revealing the class struggle. While some say postmodernism is mired in it’s own labeling of anti-labeling paradox, it has, at least, provided a generous platform for the creation of hypermedia works. The previous ideas of what goes where, of what poetic technique is helpful for recreating the pains and joys of life, seem silly in a hypermedia environment. An environment where technology allows the artist to cross boundaries and create new borders. Creativity is dental floss is mouse movement.

When I painfully shave the coarse hairs from my face, and cleaning the cream from my face look into the mirror, I don’t see an artist I can place in a recognizable category. All I see are the crooked lines between my eyebrows and the towel rack behind me. I see a poem forming in the exhaust fans loud and louder buzz. The condensation over words carrying the light from a seventy-five watt bulb to patterns on the floor.

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DISCUSSION

new sources/models of funding, jerkholes


All,
(Note: jerkholes is a meaningless addition, because the person behind me dared me to. and with me saying this, I have now lost the dare, and must consume a nasty thing)

FUNDING MODELS: The trick is this. There is the old, very old argument about funding the arts, from public money or private money. There is the very old argument about buying and selling art, making art to sell, becoming famous either pre or post death and entering the stream of cash from the collectors market. There is the we dont want to be corrupted, dont want to sell out very old argument. These arguments apply across nearly all art forms. And sure there are slight differences, but basically the same premise for each area of artistic whatnots. And this means we will always have to juggle the "dont sell out" versus "like to travel and have car" arguments when being an artist. THE PROBLEM NOW IS REALLY MOST OF US DONT HAVE THE CHOICE. (not yelling just caping)

A QUOTABLE THING: We say dont sell out because that is the only option really. I want to choose to sell all my work to starbucks website and have the rest of you call me names, while I have the cash to pay for grants to fund the people that call me names.

KOREA and ROOMS and SOMETHING LIKE MYSPACE: I just read an article about the myspace like site (name eludes me this morning) where nearly 20 percent of Korean youth are buying web pages that have rooms in them, and then buying furniture to fill those rooms. And there are an increasingly large number of these virtual acquisitions. So, there seems to be growing examples of people paying real cash for digital spaces, for what amounts to ideas on the web. This isn't new to our net art crowd, but does provide even more evidence of the possibility of net art becoming something with cash swirling about it.

yes yes yes...cash is bad, heros are false, sold out and all that....but honestly that argument is tired, so sleepy, make what you want....and if someone wants to fund it or buy it or pay to use it....do or dont let them.....

BUT>>>>we all want that chance....that chance to make a living, to gain a large audience, to pay others to help us with the hard codes and the server space....

SO>>>>AGAIN>>>>where do we look? DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYONE AT GOOGLE or AMAZON or any of the NET GIANTS>>>> and if so...can you ask them for contacts...so we can at least ask....

I want to move to Kansas and buy an abandoned high school and live there...and I need some small cash to do that...so hurry please...

Jason Nelson

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DISCUSSION

where we create: come voyeur and submit


The Where We Create Project is up and running. But I need
more submissions. So have a look around...drop some comments
in, play the voyeur and see where others work and create.
the url:
http://www.newformsreview.com/wherewecreate/

Then submit your pictures and text to:
wherewecreate@gmail.com
details (cause I'm too persistant for anyones good)
1. a roughly 300 by 300 pixels or around there photo (S)
of where you work, where you create,
2. some text about the place where you work, anything really,
but hopefully something descriptive, interesting.
3. your details, name, location, and a few urls.
cheers, Jason

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DISCUSSION

funding and rhizome comissions


Perhaps what I find most disheartening about the Rhizome commissions doesn't have
anything to do with the process (sure it has flaws) or the work chosen (I'm guessing
the voting range was rather narrow). Rather it is the total budget of Rhizome.org.
Those running Rhizome work on a budget that is less than many sculptures commissioned for the front court yards of libraries. Of course the Rhizome staff work
far too much for far too little reward to make this all happen.

But my question has been and still is, why are nearly 200 (I would say a rather large percentage of active net artists) of us competing for a few 2-3000 dollar grants? Why aren't we getting the same attention and support as other art forms? Why is it if I create
an artwork designed for the web, I can get it published all over, and played with by tens or even hundreds of thousands of users, but then still scramble for a few thousand dollars. While if I take the artwork and rethink it to a physical space, shoving some educational whatnot to the end of it, that I can then get close to the total yearly rhizome budget to stick it into a science center.

What do we need to do to dip into the larger pools of funds swimming around in the art world, and to do this without altering our work to become video art or straight installation?

Does google or ebay or msn or yahoo fund net art? And if not why not? If a nearly dead car company can pay half a million for artworks, why cant the net giants pay for net art? Has anyone tried contacting them? To maybe spend some cash on sending someone out to their headquarters to garner cash for such things?

some thoughts........Jason Nelson

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DISCUSSION

revised submissions for where we create project


All,

After consultations, we have reconfigured the wherewecreate project.

The new and easy on you guidelines are listed below. The project needs
content to get started so please send soon.

Where We Create Project. http://newformsreview.com/wherewecreate/

The first project from the newly built newformsreview.com founded by Jason Nelson,
a net art and digital Literature portal and forthcoming peer-reviewed journal.

The Where We Create Project is designed to connect digital artists and writers (and
analog creators as well) through a website featuring photos and descriptions of where
artists/writers create. Our geographies and external landscapes are instrumental
in altering and forming the creatures we create.

What we need is the following sent to this address: wherewecreate@gmail.com

1. An image or two, 300 px by 300 px jpg or around there, of where you create.
This can be your office, your backyard, some coffee shop, whatever you want
to show the physical space(s) where you work.

2. Some text about that place and its meaning to you, your work, your life,
or whatever you feel represents the world in which you create. We are looking
for around five or six or seven sentences, but not much more.

3. Your name, any other brief biographical information, and where this places
you are talking about are: for example: Emporia, Kansas, downtown
office building, second floor in the back

DISCUSSION

submissions wanted for Where we Create


All,

Submissions wanted for the first project of the developing
digital art and writing portal newformsreview.com.

The project: Where We Create.

What: An open access wordpress blog engine
(at least to those participating) where artists and
writers will write entries describing where they
create. Each entry will include a photo or two,
as well as a short description, fiction or poetics
(or combination of those) of the space(s) in which
you create your glorious creatures. Links to
your other digital work can also be included. As well
as other creative bits and gizmos

If you are interested in participating send an
e-mail to this address:
wherewecreate@gmail.com

NOTE: PLEASE don't e-mail the list or the from address
And instead use the address above, otherwise I become lost
So so lost.

Then I will send you the details for ftping images
and the username and password for the blog to enter
your work.

The other requirements are that you agree not
to deface others entries or to include more than
one entry. And you have to know how to ftp
and to use wordpress. (brief instructions will be
provided though)

cheers, Jason Nelson

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