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Jason Nelson

Associate Professor, Digital Culture
  • E-mailJason.Nelson@uib.no
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    HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7
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    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Jason Nelson is a creator of digital poems and fictions, builder of surrealist and politically focused art games and digital creatures.

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 organizational boards he frequents (Australia Council Literature Board and the Electronic Literature Organization), and Fellowships he’s adventured into Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Bergen, Moore Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, and other accolades. But in the web based realm where his work resides, Jason is most proud of the millions of visitors his artwork/digital poetry portal http://www.secrettechnology.com attracts each year.  

2020: “The False Unlimited”, ICIDS 2020 Bournemouth, Digital Writing Exhibition the 13th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, UK.  

2020: “Poetic Playthings: poetry, interface and video game engines”, Book Chapter, Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities, Bloomsbury. 

2019: “Acesulfame K”,  published/exhibited: Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology Exhibition, University of Alberta, Canada; New River Journal of Digital Writing and Art, Virginia Tech University; Runner-Up Prize, Videomedeja digital art exhibition, Serbia; Finalist, Turn-on Literature Prize, Denmark and Norway. 

2018: “The Wonders of Lost Trajectories”,  Digital Writing Research and Exhibit, Queensland State Archives, Brisbane; Finalist, Queensland Literary Awards, Digital Writing Category; Finalist, New Media Writing Prize, IF:Book and Bournemouth University. 

2017: “Nine Billion Branches”, HyperRhiz, New Media Cultures, North Carolina State University; Winner, Digital Writing Prize, Queensland Literary Awards, Brisbane (15,000AUD); Winner, Woollahra Library Digital Poetry Prize (5,000AUD), Sydney, Australia; Finalist, New Media Writing Prize, IF:Book and Bournemouth. 

2016: “Cube Cryptext and Nomencluster”, Cube Space, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Council of the Arts, Literature Board grant recipient (125,000AUD). This highly regarded work is regarded as the world’s largest interactive art-game, reviewed in Engadget, The Australian, Brisbane Times, Engage Arts, Arts Hub, The Writing Platform and others. 

2015: “The Bafflement Fires”, New Binary Press, Ireland, Cork University; Turn-On Literature Prize Touring Exhibition, Denmark, Norway, Romania; reviewed on Boing Boing and discussed by the Author Neil Gaiman.

2013: “Digital music and media creativities”, Book Chapter, “Developing Creatives in Higher Music Education: International perspectives and practices”, edited by Burnard, Pamela, Routledge, UK. 

2013/14: “Nothing You Have Done Deserves Such Praise”,  Turbulence New Media, Commission, New York City, New York; National Library of France, Paris; widely reviewed in academic and popular press, including Language and the Interface, SetSubSet, SuperNaut, Destrutoid, The Guardian, Huffington Post and others.  

2011: “Sydney’s Siberia” Electronic Language International Festival exhibition, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Newcastle Lock-Up Literary Grant; re-published as Messages for our Future, Digital Poem on the tsunami. Collaboration with the Media Response Team, Tohoku, Japan Foundation; re-published as Flood Mosaic Artwork, Floodlines Exhibition, State Library of Queensland, funded by a 12,000 AUD Grant (75,000NOK). 

His creative research has won 12 awards and prizes, including the Woollahra Digital Writing Award, Queensland Literary Awards-Digital Writing, People’s Choice- New Media Writing Prize, Media Poetry Prize-Biennale Internationale des poètes en Val de Marne and a Webby award.