Jason Nelson
Since the beginning
Works in United States of America

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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NetPoetic digital portal

Wed Aug 19, 2009 00:00 - Wed Aug 19, 2009

Announcing a new Electronic Literature/Digital Poetry portal founded by Jason Nelson and Davin Heckman.

With over 30 of our best writers, thinkers and artists, NetPoetic is a group conversation, updated near daily
with posts, news, theory, artworks and all manner of glorious E-Lit related material. Coming later this year
is the first NetPoetic exhibition and a peer reviewed journal. If you want to take part post a few comments
and explore the site then contact Jason Nelson.

The URL: http://www.netpoetic.com


webby awards?


Although I'm not sure of the validity of the Webby Awards. Someone was nice
enough to enter (pay) me...and now I've been nominated for the "weird" category.

What are people's opinions of these awards? Are they a real honour or is this
a cash cow for some corporate wanks? Or is it both?

Oh and I wouldnt bite at your vote....http://pv.webbyawards.com/

cheers, Jason Nelson


contribute net art game levels

Looking, eagerly seeking suggestions for websites to base game levels on for the
sequel to my net art game "i made this. you play this. we are enemies". Each of the
platform game levels are based on scribbled and marked up website screen shots.
The first game used fairly popular sites....and for the second, I'm looking for somewhat
stranger...odder...more related to the art field...

So in particular I'm searching for art galleries, art portals etc...to use to create the
various game levels.

Explore the game and please do send suggestions,

cheers, Jason Nelson


i made this. you play this. we are enemies

Mon Dec 01, 2008 00:00 - Mon Dec 01, 2008

a sequel of sorts to game, game, game and again game...
based on screen shots from odd and popular sites...
artwork/platform game/digital poem...

title: i made this. you play this. we are enemies.

cheers, Jason Nelson


Endings Eventually End: 25 Doomsday Countdowns

Tue Sep 30, 2008 00:00 - Tue Sep 30, 2008


A New Net Artwork by Jason Nelson and Davin Heckman.

Endings Eventually End
is a strange collection of interactive Doomsday Countdowns
where the end days events are fictional oddness galore

and just cause yer grand:

Strange Hollows: 15 strange uses of black holes


more cheers than cheers allow, Jason Nelson