Jason Nelson, digital poet

Jason Nelson defies easy definition – he is a poet, hypermedia artist, educator and recent recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in digital poetry. Nelson’s creative practice encompasses digital art, writing and game play and science. We uncover some of his recent projects and the upcoming projection for Friday Night Laneways, Organic Data during the World Science Festival Brisbane.

Nelson creates interactive digital poems that embrace complex ideas and offer non-linear paths inviting a user experience of discovery. His digital works range across subject matter, from the human nervous system, to the plethora of documents in government bureaucracies to name a few. In 2015, Nelson’s work Cryptext was heralded as the world’s first and largest game built for a public touchscreen. Hosted at QUT’s The Cube, Nelson collaborated with game designer Matt Horton to create an innovative interactive game using text, game theory with multiple layers of text and images. This interactive game put players in the shoes of a detective set to uncover top-secret government documents. The hallmark of Nelson’s works are their experimental nature, often asking players to ‘throw away the rule book’.

Alongside these complex works Nelson also enjoys creating ‘digital oddities’. For Friday Night Laneways, Organic Data Nelson brings some of these animated molecular-digital creatures to the street. His work Paraprojection: clandestine projection art, will reveal these digital creatures, but the projector itself remains hidden – leaving the audience to wonder at the secretive source of the images.  The term ‘Paraprojection’ has been coined by Jason Nelson and digital artist Alinta Krauth to describe the embodiment of this mysterious and hidden digital art.

But we don’t want to give the game away! So drop down to Eagle Lane, South Brisbane – 6-10pm Friday 11 March to uncover the projection’s secret source.


Image: Jason Nelson, Paraprojection, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist. ©Jason Nelson.

Friday Night Laneways, Organic Data is an initiative of Brisbane City Council.

  • Where: Fish Lane, South Brisbane (over the road from the Qld Museum)
  • When: 6-10pm, Friday 11 March, 2016
  • This is a free event, bookings not required.
  • www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on
  • #TeamBNE #bneculture


Web Article References

You can find more of Nelson’s interactive text based works at Secret Technology.




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