Integrated Circuits: Creating Digital Poetry (Summer 2021)

Integrated Circuits: Creating Digital Poetry (Summer 2021)

Leap from page to screen and create interactive poems fit for our digital age.

What is digital poetry and how do you write and create poems using digital tools? Is this a digital poem? Like anything, and particularly new artforms that use digital technology, we could get caught up in the different terms and labels within and of this genre: electronic literature, new media poetry, kinetic poetry, code poetry. Drawing on visual poetic forms such as concrete and Dada poetry, as well as literary, visual, and sonic art by poets who experimented with some of the first computers in the late 1950s, this course will explore what ‘electronic literature’ is and how it can offer poets exciting possibilities to create new work that explores and expands language. We will look at digital forms such as hypertext poetry and data poetry, and examine the work of digital poets such as JR Carpenter, Alan Sondheim, Jason Nelson and Caitlin Fisher and their various hetereogenous methods of ‘media, methods, and expressive intent’ (Christopher Funkhouser). We will then, over 3 distinct projects, create our own digital poems, utilising the myriad of tools available to us via our digital (and poetic) devices. This course requires digital literacy and a willingness to experiment with forms, but you do not have to be able to code or have experience of any particular digital tools. You will be introduced to a range of tools, such as Twine, Canva and Filmora app, that can be used to create digital poems. Expect to produce digital poems and share them online.

3 sessions plus a ‘show and tell’ over 10 weeks. Live chats 7-9pm GMT on Tuesdays on 11 May, 1 June, 22 June, and 13 July.

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About Maya Chowdhry View Profile

Maya Chowdhry creates immersive and democratic experiences for participants, drawing from creating work in radio, poetry, Installation, video and online. Her current work uses the online space for digital poetry, transmedia storytelling and augmented reality artworks. The themes of her practice interrogate the areas of food sovereignty, world water scarcity and climate justice. Her award-winning writing includes ‘Butterfly Orchid’, highly commended in the Forward Poetry Prizes, 2017. Her collaborative work, ‘Tales from the Towpath’, an immersive story for Manchester Literature Festival, was shortlisted for the International New Media Writing Prize 2014. This year she was part of Net/work a residency with Digital Arts Studios and The British Council using sensors and live art to explore eco-anxiety. Maya is currently working on an inter-disciplinary citizen science project with the National Oceanography Centre; collaborating with poet and artists Sarah Hymas and Alex Peckham to produce an augmented reality walk.

‘As a visual artist, I have wanted to experiment with words for a few years, and haven’t felt confident or skilled enough to do so… this course has completely changed that! I made poem- films during the course that I have already published. I also feel like I’ve found a supportive, insightful, skilled community of people with whom I can bounce ideas off in the future, and perhaps even collaborate with: we are thinking of doing some kind of group show of our works.’

– Autumn 2020 survey response

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