Dispersed Writings

Over the past few years I’ve been exploring a type of writing I’m calling « Dispersed Writing ». It consists of creating context specific poetry and fiction and placing that writing around the web. For example, I might write a poem about lawnmowers and then place the poem within a review of a lawnmower on Amazon. Or I might write a short absurdist fiction about the weather and place it in the comments section of an article about a snow storm. Anywhere words can be placed or entered is a possible home for Dispersed Writing. To link these writings together I use a keyword or a series of keywords or sentences. And so the reading process consists of searching for these phrases, letting the search engine and the reader’s choices decide both which works are read and in what order.

Born from the Oklahoma flatlands of farmers and spring thunderstorms, Jason Nelson stumbled into creating awkward and wondrous digital poems and net-artworks of odd lives, building confounding art games and all manner of curious digital creatures. Currently he professes Net Art and Electronic Literature at Australia’s Griffith University in the Gold Coast’s contradictory shores. Aside from coaxing his students into breaking, playing and morphing their creativity with all manner of technologies, he exhibits widely in galleries and journals, with work featured around the globe at FILE, ACM, LEA, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, ELO and dozens of other acronyms. There are awards to list (Paris Biennale Media Poetry Prize), organizational boards he frequents (Australia Council Literature Board and the Electronic Literature Organization), and numerous other accolades (Webby Award), but in the web based realm where his work resides, Jason is most proud of the millions of visitors his artwork/digital poetry portal  attracts each year.


Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 : 18h15 – 19h45
Place: Grand auditorium de la BnF | François-Mitterand, quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris