David Jhave Johnson

“Pomo” captures the artificiality of our lives through reducing its various aspects to mere nouns and adjectives. These are loaded words that project the barrenness of the contemporary moment: the words either carry negative connotations as in “cave” and “stillborn,” or they are seen negatively through subliminal association as in the appearance of “DNA” and “junk” side by side. The tapping sound accompanying the poem/ poems in the background is reminiscent of the repetitive and monotonous beat that life has taken on and around which we have programmed the chopped and brusque pieces of our lives.

The piece is deceptively simple, since it is not a slide show with accompanying music. Rather, as Johnston explains, the piece is programmed to allow the sound to direct the visual presentation“: an array of words assembled during a course on posthumanism triggered by a tiny sine wave slush beat. New feature: number of words auto-manipulated on its own slider and inversely mapped to the pause time before next batch of words. In other words, more words means more reading time; number of words is randomized within a 1 to 10 limit. As usual in this inverted era: sound peak triggers blur level, font and word change.”

David Jhave Johnston is a multimedia-poet currently living in Montreal. He has a Bachelor of Computer Science, minor in Digital Image and Sound, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Concordia University. He has been involved in numerous collaborative and solo digital and in-situ art practices.

As a poet-programmer who has produced a large body of intermedial, Flash-based net art for many years at glia.ca. His most recent project is titled Sound Seeker. He has been involved in numerous collaborative and solo digital and in-situ art practices (working with among others: FILE, Fluxus Online, Champ Libre, Bioteknica, Turbulence.org, Ollivier Dyens, ActiveText, Symbiosis, and Zoi. His work has been exhibited at the new media Biennales in Montreal 2003 and Toronto 2004.

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