Jason Nelson: Cyberstudies, Interactive Writing, New Media Design and Theory

November 15, 2005, 6:00 pm   » 

Jason Nelson is a writer and artist who works in digital media. His creations have been featured in numerous journals, including. Beehive (Brown University), Boomerang (UK), Epitome (Madrid), 3rdbed (NYC), Nowculture, and Blue Moon Review, as well as exhibited in galleries worldwide.

Having been raised a poet on the Oklahoma plains, Nelson draws inspiration from space/place and the way it intersects with character-driven poetics. A number of his digital creations are already being used as required texts in university courses on new media textuality. Current projects, all of which can be viewed at <>, include Uncontrollable Semantics, Dreamaphage, Hymns of the Drowning Swimmer, and Promiscuous Design.

He is the principal researcher on the Locative New Media Project,
<>, which aims to create an application for portable devices that will attach and retrieve GPS readings and dynamic, locative content such as aboriginal histories, spatial artworks, and interactive micromaps.

Nelson has a B.A. in Cultural Geography from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Bowling Green State University.

His presentation at UCLA will be a combination of “digital magic show, poetry reading, technical tutorial, and artist talk.” Students are invited to contact him ahead of time to discuss their work, so that he can tailor his presentation to student interests.

View video excerpts of his 2003 reading at the University of Maryland, sponsored by The Writer’s House and the Department of English:


All lectures are free and take place in the EDA, room 104 Kinross,
11000 Kinross Ave in Westwood. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you cannot join us in person, connect via live video streaming:

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240 Charles E. Young Drive, Room 1250
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