November 8, 2006

Jason Nelson Speaks from the Machine

by Nick Montfort · , 7:25 pm

Jason NelsonThe MACHINE team here at Penn just watched Jason Nelson‘s video presentation – a bit later than would have been ideal, but as Autostart was packed with presentations and Jason’s video was sharing a computer with Scott’s head, there wasn’t a chance to see it earlier. Jason cruised through several of his pieces and encouraged us to develop projects that help technical and creative collaborators work together.

Here are some comments from the rest of the peanut gallery…

Jim: Go Jason! I agree completely that if e-writing is to mature, there need to be stronger collaborations between technicians and poets, collaborations that bring to bear deep understanding of the possibilities of large-scale databases, of reusable software components, and new, to-be-developed development tools along with the equally deep and orthogonally distant understandings of the artists of poetry, poetics, and literary theory – just too much to expect from a single mind.

Steve: Too much to expect from an individual mind indeed. If this tiny and marginal e-writing community is to maintain its forward trajectory, we need more and better-connected bridge builders like Jason. It’s a perplexing problem: to encourage aesthetes to nurture their inner technicians, or to actively usher technicians into this aesthetic project? We need well-rounded young go-getters, and we need them now.