DigitalPoetry-6: Slot Machine

Title: This is How You Will Die, and others

Detail: A recombinatory slot game with 15 five-line death fictions/poetics.

By combining an online pokie machine, new media art, and fortune telling, …..artist Jason Nelson built his new digital art creation entitled “this is how you will die”. The project, designed to be featured on the web, explores cultural understandings of death, gambling and video games. Basically this online art project is a stripped down pokie machine, and instead of winning money, the player wins short fiction combinations and pop-up movie clips.

Each time the player pushes the spin button, a new death scenario comes to the screens. If the player wins more spins they can continue, if they lose, they have just forecasted their death. To create the random death scenarios, Jason wrote 15 short fictions, each divided into five sections: where you will die, how you will die parts one and two, and what happens after you die parts one and two. Each of these sections then become the channels of the Death Pokie machine. When all sections stop spinning, then you have a new random fiction sequence, a series of lines that form the story of your future demise.

Work like this is known as Digital Writing or New Media Art. The basic premise of this fast growing art genre is to use technology, in this case web technologies, to build artistic creations that are both interactive and have multiple levels of meanings and narrative. Imagine writing a novel for a video game environment, and in the case of “this is how you will die” a pokie machine.

Eventually this work, like much of Jason’s online artwork will be displayed in art galleries and online magazines worldwide. In addition, he has plans to use the same Pokie game engine and explore other perennially controversial topics such as sex and politics.

Jason Nelson says, “Like any gambling device you want to hook the player, to get them interested enough to keep playing. I’ve had friends play this who are obsessed with building credits, or in this case Death Credits. They send me screen shots of their winning totals.”

“While the concept of a pokie machine that forecasts your death is, at first glance, disturbing, this digital art project is really about creating fictions, and exploring a society obsessed with death and gambling”

“In many ways, much of our daily life is a gamble. “this is how you will die” through its game play and poetic pop ups, reinforces the idea that all our actions have results, and while we can change our paths, we must also accept the inevitability of death. ”

In addition, I’ve used the same interface for a Xmas Disaster Generator:

Digital Poetry Introduction

In the simplest terms Digital Poems are born from the combination of technology and poetry, with writers using all multi-media elements as critical texts. Sounds, images, movement, video, interface/interactivity and words are combined to create new poetic forms and experiences. And when a piece like “game, game…” attracts millions of readers while a “successful” print poem might attract a hundred, I think the digital truly is the future of poetry. ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-1: Games

Title: game, game, game and again game, and others

Detail: Game interfaces where reader’s movements trigger hand-drawn and poetic elements.

Video games are a language, a grammar or linguistics of various texts. The sounds, the movement, the graphics, the rules or lack of rules, everything about a video game is a component of language. ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-2: Mosaic

Title: Sydney’s Siberia

Detail: Infinitely builds interactive mosaics from poetic tiles.

It is not technology making our wires, nodes and swimming data streams, our ever growing networks, beautiful. Instead it is the stories/poetics, the forever coalescing narratives that form the inter/intranet into a vitally compelling mosaic. …… Read More »

DigitalPoetry-3: Cubes

Title: Poetry Cube and Birds Still Warm from Flying

Detail: Interactive poetry cubes allowing multi-linear/dimensional play and reconfiguration.

One possible reading is as 3-dimensional concrete poetry sculpture generator. ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-4: Videographs

Title: Videograph Fictions or Graphoems.

Detail: Stories/Poetry from interactive graphs driven by pop-videos.

A strange hybrid work where writing is built directly from the videos and statistical graphs. ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-5: Combination/Various

Title: Wittenoom, and others

Detail: Exploratory work using various digital poetry interfaces.

Digital poetry should surround the reader, to encompass them in the experience, to entice their hands and eyes to move with the language and explore the interface. It’s critical for digital writers to see the interface, visuals, sounds, and movements as poetic/fiction elements. ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-6: Slot Machine

Title: This is How You Will Die, and others

Detail: A recombinatory slot game with 15 five-line death fictions/poetics.

By combining an online pokie machine, new media art, and fortune telling, ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-7: Deep Menu Poetry

Title: A Tree with Managers and Jittery Boats

Detail: Multi-level navigation menus create multi-linear poems.

Multi-level menus as poetry generator, for when lines branch and branch. …. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-8: Circular

Title: Wide and Wildly Branded

Detail: Circular compass interface with two textual levels.

This strange island continent and its ever dry center and clusters of wooded sea tethered cities is compass confused. ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-9: Speech-to-Text

Title: The Battery Life of Meaning: Speech to Text Poetry.

Detail: Processing media into strange texts with S2T software.

Using speech to text software trained to my scratchy and yet (in the afternoon) velvety voice, I process the worlds of media ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-10: 3D Depth

Title: Between Treacherous Objects

Detail: Multi-dimensional layering within an interactive depth interface.

Hidden secrets and interactive layers are packaged by our obsessions with objects and their terrible dark betweens. ….. Read More »

DigitalPoetry-11: Mouse Followers

Title: Uncontrollable Semantics, and others

Detail: Interactive poem dispersed over 50 mouse followers.

While net-art becomes increasingly more complex, more database and programming centered, this project shoots for simplicity. …. Read More »

Jason Nelson Video Talks

Living in Australia it’s difficult to travel overseas, as most of the world is at least ten hours away, across hemispheres and datelines. Because of this I often give video talks/chats about my work. …. Read More »