Strange and wonderful is how cyber poet and artist Dr Jason Nelson, a senior lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, describes his digital artworks which have won an array of awards this year.
In June he won the Woollahra Digital Literary Awardsâ€™ poetry category for Nine Billon Branches published by Hyperrhiz. The poem encourages people to interact with the everyday â€“ a shopping mall, a bedroom, a lounge room, a computer screen replete with word ÂÂâ€“ directing the readerâ€™s gaze in ways only possible online.
In October, his web-based installation, Acesulfame K, was awarded a special mention in the 23rd Videomedeja awards in Serbia. â€œThis playful and iconic world displays a skeleton tumblingÂ down a pit of trash, made of food packaging. Every collision with an object elicits a text to popup on the screen,â€ the judges said.
More recently, The Wonders of Lost Trajectories was shortlisted for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards in the Digital Literature Category.
A collaboration with the Queensland State Archives, where Dr Nelson was artist-in-residence earlier this year, Wonders is a collection of digital poems using archival material built into a physical space.
The exhibit explores new methods for combining interactive storytelling and poetics with digital creative content, physical computing and the res-use of old library equipment such as card index drawers and microfiche machines.
â€œIâ€™m particularly honoured as this research was able to prove that seemingly obsolete technology can be brought back to life through digital technologies,â€™â€™ Dr Nelson said.
â€œThe research explored new methods for combining truly disparate fields (history, museum studies, government archiving, public engagement, art, literature and digital technology) through digital literature.
â€œI was also able to involve my students in the development of this research, with one having just been awarded a QSA residency for 2020.â€
Dr Nelson ends the year on a high note with an exhibition in Norway this month. The False Unlimited exhibition is sponsored by the Digital Narrative Network at the University of Bergen.
â€œThis work is a unique mix of art-game and digital poem with a focus on deconstructing and rethinking common languages and phrases used in the media,â€™â€™ he said.
â€œIt comments on the way language is used in discussing politics and divisive issues and allows audiences to break that language apart through the game interface.â€