J. R. Carpenter
Since the beginning
Works in Totnes United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, researcher, performer and maker of zines, poetry, very short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, web-based non-linear intertextual hypermedia narratives and computer-generated texts of various and sundry sorts. She studied Life Drawing and Anatomy at the Art Students’ League of New York and Fibres and Sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal, where she served as President of the Board of Directors of OBORO, an artist-run gallery and new media lab 2006-2010.

She began using the Internet as a medium for the creation and dissemination of experimental texts in 1993. In 1995, she stumbled across the Web at the Banff Centre for the Arts Thematic Residency, “Telling Stories, Telling Tales.” She made her first web-based art project for Netscape 1.1. It is still online and it still works. She has since worked in every aspect of the internet industry, as a writer, artist, designer, teacher, programmer, consultant, and manager of the web development team for a multinational software company. Her pioneering works of electronic literature have been presented at museums, galleries, conferences and festivals around the world including the Musée de Beaux-arts de Montréal, OBORO, Dare-Dare and the Biennal de Montréal (Montreal), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and Images Festival (Toronto), Interactive Screen and In(ter)ventions (Banff), Helen Pitt Gallery (Vancouver), Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax), The Rhizome ArtBase at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Arnolfini (Bristol), Jyväskylä Art Museum (Finland), The Web Biennial 2007 (Istanbul), Cast Gallery (Tasmania), Interrupt Festival 2008 (Brown), Media in Transition Conference 2009 (MIT), the Electronic Literature Organization Conference 2008 (Vancouver, Washington), E-Poetry 2009 (Barcelona), E-Poetry 2011 (Buffalo), &Now 2012 (Paris) and Translating E-Literature 2012 (Paris). A number of her works are included in the Electronic Literature Collection Volumes One and Volume Two. She was honored with a retrospective of her work at “Electrifying Literature: Affordances and Constraints” is the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2012 Media Art Show held in conjunction with the ELO’s conference in Morgantown, WV, from 20-23 June 2012.

Her essays, art reviews, poems and short fiction have been broadcast on CBC Radio, translated into French, Italian and Spanish, and published in numerous anthologies and journals across Canada and internationally including Crannog, Dandelion, Geist, Rampike, The New Quarterly, Matrix, Ryga, and Blood & Aphorisms. Carpenter was named a Montreal Mirror Noisemaker in 2009 and is the winner of the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award (2008), the CBC Quebec Short Story Competition (2003 & 2005), and the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book for her first novel, Words the Dog Knows, published by Conundrum Press in 2008. Her second book, GENERATION[S], a collection of narrative codeworks, was published by TRAUMAWIEN, Vienna, 2010.

Carpenter has been awarded grants in literature and new media from the Conseil des Arts de Montreal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec and Canada Council for the Arts. She was E-Writer-in-Residence at Dartington College (UK) in the autumn of 2009, and is a fellow of Yaddo, Ucross, Caldera, The Vermont Studio Center and the Banff Centre, where she now serves as faculty for the innovative new writing residency program In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge. In 2010 she was awarded a full studentship to pursue a practice-led PhD Research degree at University College Falmouth, incorporating Dartington College of Art, in association with University of the Arts London. She is currently working in the emerging and occasionally converging fields of digital literature, performance writing, locative narrative and network archaeology.
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In-situ Cite

Sat Sep 30, 2006 00:00 - Thu Sep 28, 2006

Want to go for a walk?
If you were a dog that would be a great opening line.

Want to go for an interdisciplinary audio walking tour of the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal? If so, head over to the Casa del Popolo this weekend, 4873 boul. St-Laurent, to partake in In-situ Cite, an ensemble of five audio projects created by five Montreal-based artists - poet and web artist J.R. Carpenter, interdisciplinary and performance artist Nathalie Derome, author and performer Skidmore, journalist and writer Geeta Nadkarni, and filmmaker/editor Rosella Tursi.

My contribution to In-situ Cite is called Sniffing for Stories. It takes place in my back alleyway. It's a sound-scape. It's a prose poem. It's one block long. It's a long block. It's a walk we walk every day. Here's an excerpt:

We take other walks besides this one, but lets say we don't.
Let's say our dog walks us up and down this alleyway three times a day.
That's eight-and-a-half years of up and eight-and-a-half years of down.
Nine thousand three hundred laps of toenails clicking on cracked concrete.
Trail zigzagging, long tail wagging, long tongue lolling, dog tags clacking.
Ears open, eyes darting, nose to the ground.

To experience In-situ Cite in-situ go to the Casa del Popolo, 4873 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, between 12 & 5PM on Saturday September 30 or Sunday October 1, 2006. There will be talk-back sessions with director Stephen Lawson both days at 4PM.

The tour is free. It lasts about an hour. Participants be equipped with a map of the route and a CD player. For further such logistical information as well as bios of all the artists visit: http://luckysoap.com/stories/sniffingforstories.html and/or http://www.playwrights.ca/in_situ.html

In-situ Cite is presented by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal in collaboration with Les Journees de la Culture, OBORO & CKUT.


How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Thu Apr 13, 2006 00:00 - Tue Mar 14, 2006

How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome," a recent hypertext poetry and video project by Montreal poet, fiction writer and web artist J. R. Carpenter, will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto during the 19th Annual imagesFestival - April 13 - 23, 2006.

Just as in Rome three thousand years of continuous occupation have produced one of the most deeply stratified and complex urban sites in existence, "How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome" fuses together fragments of from past epochs of web programming. Visually, the piece mimics the modern's guidebook's pedagogical style, mixing maps, diagrams, photographs, historical facts and literary quotations, and contrasting romantic ideas of what one is supposed to see in Rome with traffic, noise, gypsies, graffiti, tourists, pollution and corruption. Overlapping layers of video, audio, and found and borrowed image and text echo the confusion of daily life in modern Rome. In this ruin-strewn web-based landscape, an inarticulate exilic traveler wanders through fragments of language. Isn't this how we often feel in our travels from web site to web site? Even as we are constantly on the lookout for something new, don't we also secretly seek something familiar to hold against so much newness?

"How I loved the broken things of Rome when I could not speak because I knew no Roman tongues and all day long I was overwhelmed by fragments [...] Occasionally I would stumble, at least, on some ancient, elegant thing." J. R. Carpenter

"How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome"

Museum of Contemporary Art
952 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Presented in association with the 19th Annual imagesFestival

Exhibition: April 13 - 23, 2006
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 - 6
Public Reception: Saturday April 15, 2 - 6PM
imagesFestival Closing Party (at MOCCA): Saturday April 22, 9PM

"How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome" was produced in part during a residency at the OBORO New Media Lab in Montreal, with the financial support of a New Media Development Grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, and is a Web Art Finalist in the Drunken Boat PanLiterary Awards 2006.

To view "How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome" anytime, please visit: http://luckysoap.com/brokenthings

For more information about this and other J. R. Carpenter projects, please visit: http://luckysoap.com


Web Launch | How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome

Fri Apr 22, 2005 00:00 - Thu Apr 21, 2005

J. R. Carpenter and The OBORO New Media Lab invite you to the launch of the new web project, "How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome" http://luckysoap.com/brokenthings

"How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome" is an online-only web art project which reflects upon certain gaps between the fragment and the whole, between the local and the tourist, between what is known of history and what is speculative. I tried to capture something of the impossibly elusive and fragmentary nature of language amid Rome’s broken columns, headless statues and other, often unidentifiable, ruins.

Launch Party: Friday, April 22nd, 2005
6 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
4001 Berri Street, 2nd Floor, Montreal

This project is produced with the support of OBORO, Residency Program, New Media Lab and the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec.

OBORO: http://www.oboro.net
J. R. Carpenter: http://luckysoap.com