Jason Nelson
Since the beginning
Works in United States of America

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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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EVENT

Google Map Literature Exhibition Submission Call


Dates:
Wed Sep 29, 2010 00:00 - Wed Sep 29, 2010

Location:
Australia

Google Map Literature Exhibition Submission Call

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NetPoetic ( http://www.netpoetic.com ), an Electronic Literature portal, announces its first Exhibition call for work. And in keeping with our desire to spread and encourage experimentation/exploration of new/old technologies and their intersections with creative writing, the theme/tech for this exhibition is Google Maps. And while we obviously love any play with fancy APIs and other scripts which use Google Maps in curious and wondrous ways, we are more than happy with writers creating simple marker maps with text and images and links and video etc. The curators will choose works based on their literary and artistic wonderments and how well even the simplest tools/features of Google maps are incorporated into that story/poetic/absurdist/rambling writings.

Note: All work must be interactive. Therefore works that are solely video or image or text will not be considered.

What we need for submissions: 1. A URL for a working and error free (unless those errors are intentional) version of the creation. 2. Title, Your Name, Email, Short Bio. 3. One paragraph description of the work and its use of Google Maps.

Student Category: To coax students from creative writing/art/geography courses to explore spatial literature we have exhibition category devoted specifically to students. If you want to be considered for the student category please note your Degree Program and University (obviously High School and Primary School submissions are considered!).

Send to: jason -at- netpoetic -com The Deadline : November 12th (although early submissions will hold a special place in our hearts)

Simple instructions for using google maps: http://maps.google.com/help/maps/mymaps/create.html

Google Map APIs: http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html"> http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html>

Not fiction or poetry, but more than curious all the same: A real time disaster map:
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php"> http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php>

cheers, Jason Nelson


EVENT

Arts Queensland Digital Art Discussion


Dates:
Wed Aug 25, 2010 00:00 - Wed Aug 25, 2010

Location:
Australia

Arts Queensland is exploring current uses and new forms of digital technology in the arts and creative sectors. Those of you in Australia or elsewhere might chime in with comments, as they are hoping to expand their support to digital areas, and they are taking people's comments and suggestions seriously.

http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/blog/

Comment on the posts and let them know your thoughts!

cheers, Jason Nelson


EVENT

Sydney's Siberia and other Creatures


Dates:
Sun May 09, 2010 00:00 - Sun May 09, 2010

Location:
Australia

A newly finished trilogy of digital artworks/poems inspired by
Australian locales to spread out across the net. And of course I adore
those who critique and/or send to anyone everywhere.

T: sydney’s siberia
D: an interactive and infinitely zooming digital poem
http://www.secrettechnology.com/sydney/

T: Birds Still Warm from Flying
D: an interactive/re-creatable poetry cube
http://www.secrettechnology.com/ausco/poecubic2.html

T: wittenoom and the cancerous breeze
D: digital poem created from ten sections
http://www.secrettechnology.com/wittenoom/starthere.html

again and as always you rock and cheers, Jason Nelson


EVENT

Evidence of Everything Exploding


Dates:
Tue Mar 02, 2010 00:00 - Tue Mar 02, 2010

Location:
Antarctica

the relaunch of the art game:
Evidence of Everything Exploding
(now mostly error free, with more confused and lusty play).
http://www.secrettechnology.com/explode/evidence.html

The 4th in my curious series of art games:
http://www.secrettechnology.com/artgames.html

Jason Nelson


OPPORTUNITY

Digital Creatures


Deadline:
Mon Mar 01, 2010 00:00

An invitation to participate in a dispersed Net Artwork. Briefly, I am building an
expansive net-artwork with each of the sections placed on and inspired by a different web portal, with all sections linked together, hopefully creating multiple entryways and generate curious intersections and audiences.

A detailed site explaining the project, and more about me
http://www.digitalcreatures.net

Excuse the brevity, but I am in the first stage of coaxing sites to play along.
Explore the site above, and do let me know if your site wants to participate.
contact email: digitalcreatures@gmail.com

cheers, Jason Nelson