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

Re: Re: Re: Hey you kids - get off my lawn.


Mark and others reading,

Dont apologize. I think my perspective is a bit screwy, and I tend
to, like others on the list, think of what I do, or the artwork I see on the
web in literary terms. Which certainly doesnt address 90 percent of
the work we see online.

Of course, as others have noted, we want to be innovative and far reaching,
and far thinking etc...and other far, fars. Hell, I'm frustrated at my newest work:
http://www.secrettechnology.com/pandemic/ cause I seem to be rehashing
older themes (for me at least). And I am insanely jealous of those with programming backgrounds who can spin out new technical innovations.

But, ass, rump, I think that establishing and reexploring some sort of base work, some digital form, some style that could be played with again and again, then new artists/writers would have an entry point into our work, and would have a place to start
in becoming a net/digital/cyber etc... artist/writer...

well its nearly eleven in Australia and I am going out to see some Anzac day action...

happy Anzac day!!!

Jason Nelson

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Re: Hey you kids - get off my lawn.


Although I agree with some of the evaluation, something I couldn't place
at first bothered me about Mark's comment. It wasnt so much any exact
phrase but rather the tone of "its been done before".

What is disconcerting is that somehow much of what we do is defined by
the next new use of technology or the next technical innovation or application
of a theme or idea to that application.

But then it seems if we do that, if we follow this, then we are living in a hit and run
art field. Where each new idea is brought up, turned into a few works and then
the rush is on for the next thing.

In poetry certain forms have been around for thousands of years, so who cares
if someone last year created an interactive video engine for dogs and dog killers,
and now this year someone wants to do it again. I am thinking hell yes, I wonder
what that persons take will be on the whole videos for dogs and dog killer thing.

Sorry for the rant...but wanted to throw a vote out there for all the rehashes and
repeats. Bravo on your allegiance to historical 2005 or god forbid 2000.

Jason Nelson

Mark River <mriver102@yahoo.com> wrote:
...around 12 out of 195

I'm not interested in your MFA

Straight video delivered via the internet is called
youtube.

If someone already made the same artwork 6 years ago,
why should you get money for it?

Asking for money based on some else's suffering is
called United 93, the movie.

It's Sunday morning and I have not had coffee.

M.River of MTAA, making friends on the internet since
97'

http://mteww.com
http://tinjail.com

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Re: problems with commission proposal voting


Although I admire the randomly numbered approach, it does seem that
this many proposals makes it too time consuming to go through them with
any detail. And I would enjoy more per page....you know to troll through a bit.

But hell who are we to argue? Who are we? To argue? Who? Are? We? To? Argue?

And wow.....only 250 members? And yet 195 or less proposals? A small
but sturdy group of funds challenged artists.

Jason

Jim Andrews <jim@vispo.com> wrote:

> yeah I got through them all. But...yes.. there do seem
> to be a number of duplicate proposals... clearly the
> same although worded slightly differently..Also
> whatever the mechanism that took me through the voting
> was, it took me through the 170s or thereabouts about
> four times

that was all part of my experience also.

195 proposals! o my gawd!

nice that we can login and review our 'decisions' until may 3!

if i recall correctly, there are about 250 members of rhizome? 195 of them
put in proposals?

ja
http://vispo.com

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software for recording screen movement?


All,

Excuse my Ignorance....but

I've been asked to translate my work to video. And as many of you know that cant be done without losing the essence of the work (interaction). But these are the demands so...

Does anyone know of a good program to use that will record my playing with the work
on the screen and then translate that to a video format?

I have used some homemade type programs before, but they are always buggy and
messy.

I can of course film the screen via external camera, but a more direct approach would
be nice.

excuse my ignorance again,

Jason Nelson

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Re: i am deeply sorry to everyone....I panicked as he was attacking me offlist and i have heart disease


Jeremy and All,

Dont quit. I like you. I liked your rant back. The same argument that
supports the mailia postings, also goes for your response.

Hell any response and re-response on this list is fun and thought making.

I have no idea what was written off list. But most of us have had upsetting
e-mail exchanges of one sort or another.

My suggestion would be to take the posts and make an artwork out of them.
Not with the senders idea in mind, but take what the sender sent you and
make it your own. Extend the game with a new, maybe more interesting artwork. Because that is really what all of us are doing anyway.

And dont worry about using the posts. The sender obviously wanted it to be public.

And there certainly would be an audience for whatever you came up with.

Stay and rant more.

cheers, Jason

jeremy hight <hight@34n118w.net> wrote:

I am so sorry.......the malia person has been attacking me personally before this

just picked me out of the blue after I posted about a book I was in

he still is sending me messages after I quit rhizome out of shame and to not be a burden to everyone after those inexcusable emails you are now reading....

that night the person was sending me messages offlist from my other accounts............

stuff you wouldn't know on rhizome and I had not emailed them so it wasn't the function of the mailia program but intentional taunts

I have high blood pressure and an enlarged heart and the stress of the off list taunts was sending me to near heart attack status and i nearly died two years ago from heart problems....was in intensive care for 7 days......

so I freaked.........should have walked away and laid down

I am a pacifist and gentle.........hate using foul language........

but I had the irrational thought that bogus threats of a lawsuit and those inexcusable and dumb messages would make him stop as I in a panic sent him a personal email pleading to stop and it just bounced back a mailia response

I quit rhizome and will just go away..

in a panic I basically ruined my relationship with rhizome

inconvenienced upset and offended people in the community here

and will feel this for quite some time

if you ever meet me in a festival or conference down the road

please forgive me
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