Audio in E Lit: Jason Nelson

In the past readers would rely on a combination of linguistic skill and imagination to discover meaning in written works. With the development of computer software and access to electronic literature, readers today arguably rely less on their abilities to read, because electronic literature allows for a variety of sensory experiences that go beyond the written word.

One of the exceptional differences between electronic poetry or artwork with the previous generation’s printed form is the addition of audio. Jason Nelson has a number of fascinating poems/interactive artworks that include prominent and bizarre audio effects, some of which are vocal readings, but I will be focusing mainly on the ambient sounds. This element of electronic literature interests me the most because it is a new medium for authors and artists to inform their audience outside of the traditional music and theatre genres that are defined by sound.

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Deviance by Game Play

WEEK 5: Quests and Game Play

Donna Leishman, the Scottish author of Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw caught my attention immediately amongst our readings this week, so I will be focusing on her. In summary, we also looked at Digital Oddities and Creatures (amongst others) by Jason Nelson and Keith Stuart’s article in The Guardian titled “Basquiat meets Mario Brothers? on the meaning of art games”.

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Fate or Fantasy ?


To recap, this week we read Emily Short’s Galatea and Bronze, as well as Outrances by Thomas Crafts and Lit Fuse. Illy Szilak’s Queerskins was also examined.

Emily Short’s interactive fiction is a brilliant mixture of powerful folklore tales and contemporary game-play that leaves readers nostalgic and stimulated throughout. Before I opened Galatea I had imagined that the storyline would be sci-fi or fantasy focused, since titles like this are commonly used for Star Trek-like narratives these days.

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Iceland 2017

4 Days is never enough. To say that I know something about Iceland or it’s culture in just 4 days would be crazy – it’s huge and wildly under-traveled. With this is mind, I took an exciting baby-step towards understanding the Nordic nation and it’s frozen wonderland.

I wasn’t fully aware of what I was getting myself into when I booked my visit to the arctic-hugging island in mid-December. More than 2/3 travel blogs and tourist sites praised Iceland for it’s astounding landscape and unparalleled opportunities for tundra-exploration, during the summer months.

Like most North American tourists, I flew Iceland Air (the countries leading airline) to intentionally “stopover” in the country before making it to Europe. The stopover program has been around since the 60’s, but has recently become extremely popular among the destination-hungry youth. As one of my tour guides said, Iceland has had 7 tourists for every 1 resident in Iceland this year, the country has been flooded with tourist.

Landing at KEF International, just 41 mins from the countries capital Reykjavík (and the most northern capital in the world) I was greeted by the “eternal night”

Listen: this is no “polar night” where the vampires thrive in the zero-daylight points of year, the eternal night is experienced by extremely reduced daylight and paramount night skies.


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Digital Cosmos


“what a time to be alive, where a feeling can be seen through a paradox of leaving and coming”

In summary, this week our readings were Vniverse, Sea and Spar Between & House of Trust by Stephanie Strickland. Plus Ingrid Anderson and Megan Sapnar’s Cruising, Deena Larson’s Carving in Possibilities and Reiner Strasser’s ii — in the white darkness: about [the fragility of] memory.

I have opened this reflective piece with a quote from Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbows. Not one of the chosen readings for this week but a work (or an author at large) that I see as a candidate for unmistakable connection to our list of authors.

The first and most obvious connection is to Stephanie Strickland’s Vniverse, since Pynchon also has a fondness for the symbol/letter/form of V, to which he dedicated his debut novel V. To add, the symbol also occurs as a central theme in the oh-so-popular graphic novel turned Hollywood film by Allen Moore, V for Vendetta.

The critical mass V has accumulated through out literary history, as the numeral, symbol, and/or letter is curious. What has drawn the authors to this shape? Is it inherent like the sharp arch that is biologically programmed into the members of a bird kingdom?

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Global Galleries

During the winter holidays I visited Iceland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. A big tour for just 4 weeks!

I was set out to see enormous galleries, thought-provoking exhibits and inspiring permanent installations in  each country. I have provided a gimps of each of the locations I visited below ⇓


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Tutorial 3: Internal and External Conflict in Science Fiction.

This semester’s tutorial, my final project before the big one, was an exceptional exploration of pseudo-realities in literature and a wonderful introduction to a number of authors and stories that I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up. With a fair emphasis on Kafka , I thought the works had a particular emphasis on re-interpreting the state of the world. Maybe the English course I took this semester (Society in Literature) and LBST 330 (Methods) were influencing factors to my position since they both addressed hermeneutics, but seeing these works as something greater than their surface narratives (alien worms on or handicapped ballerinas for example) required creative connection and an embodiment of many roles.

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Getting Started: Grad Project


Understanding is composed of interrelated and interdependent meanings that are defined by their boundaries or differences. In this case, I will be researching understanding as a system. Patterns, dynamics, conditions, and adaptions will be identified by the history and current state of communication in order to explain the underlying framework (or the system). In conjunction with my investigation of the general systems of understanding, I will look at different contemporary artists to engage a dynamic approach to understanding. My final piece will include an artwork that will exemplify these methods.

Systems Theory and Visual Communication (pdf.)