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January 12, 2007

Jason E. Lewis


Everything You Thought We’d Forgotten

Everything You Thought We’d Forgotten by Jason E. Lewis--at Oboro--collects together a series of text-based interactive works that explore the border lands between conflicting cultural identities, memory and history, and the visual and the textual. Common to all these works is a formal concern with how kinetics and interactivity can be used to expand how digital texts can be written, read and performed. The exhibition includes What They Speak When They Speak to Me, an interactive poem about mistaken identity that is read by tracing a fingertip through a mass of writhing letters; I Know What You’re Thinking, a program that reminds you of forgotten conversations by dredging your hard drive for the textual flotsam found in emails, instant messages and documents; Nine, a dynamic poem examining lives that could have been—but were not—lived; TextOrgan, a series of poems read by spraying them on the wall like grafitti; Intralocutor, an interactive installation about the connection between what you say and how you say it; and the mobile messaging work Cityspeak, which enables mobile device users to “talk back” to large-scale public displays.

Jason E. Lewis is a poet, digital media artist and software designer. His practice revolves around experiments in visual language, text and typography, with a core interest in how the deep structure of digital media can be used to create innovative forms of expression. His creative work has been featured at the Ars Electronica Centre, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Urban Screens and Mobilefest, among other venues, and his writing about new media has been presented at conferences, festivals and exhibitions in Berlin, São Paulo, London, Thessaloniki and Los Angeles. His work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the English Arts Council, Hexagram and Heritage Canada. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University where he founded and directs Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media. Please see www.obxlabs.net for more information.

Posted by jo at January 12, 2007 06:34 PM