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Digital Poets : Conduits in a Post-Modern Context

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Date : Oct 27, 2009
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En raison de la reconduite de la grève des professeurs, cette activité est reportée à une date ultérieure.

Conférence présentée par David Jhave Johnston (étudiant de troisième cycle - Figura Concordia) dans le cadre du cycle de midi-conférences Figura/CRILCQ-UQAM.

Entrée libre.


In ancient creative models, poets are conduits; and poetry is a
mythological organic continuum that utilizes the poet as an
amplifier/conduit for ideas and insights. Contrary to the conscious,
self-reflexive, critically-aware, conceptually-infused stance of
contemporary art theory, in the ancient model, art-making does not
require conscious analytical thought. I will discuss this model of
creation in the context of a decade of my creative work in online
digital poetry. From Nomad Lingo
(1999) to recent HD videopoem experiments, it is my contention that the
context of the technology has shifted and transformed the details of
creative work-flow while the core concerns and praxis of visual-poetry
remain basically unchanged : unravel and express intangible mysterious
emotional tangles using the symbolic tools of language, sound and


David Jhave Johnston is a multimedia-poet currently living in Montreal. He is Web-curator at
and independent media-arts practitioner, and has been involved in
numerous collaborative and solo digital and in-situ art practises. His
work has been exhibited at two new media Biennales : Montreal '03 and
Toronto '04. He graduated in the spring of 2004 with distinction from
Concordia University with a Bachelor of Computer Science, minor in
Digital Image and Sound. In 2005 he graduated from the SFU SIAT MaSc in
Interactive Arts program. He is currently a doctoral student at
Concordia University in the Topological Media Lab. His current home
site is

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