Integrated Circuits: Creating Digital Poetry

Integrated Circuits: Creating Digital Poetry

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 25 Sept,  16 Oct, 6 Nov and 27 Nov.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online Courses page.

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About Maya Chowdhry View Profile

Maya Chowdhry is a poet, digital artist and Transmedia writer. Recent work includes an augmented reality poetic work, ‘Ripple’ and a Live Art augmented reality performance, ‘Peas on Earth’, for which she received an Arts Council Award. Maya has two books of poetry – The Seamstress and the Global Garment and Fossil. Her digital poetry work – ‘Ripple’ was shortlisted for the 2015 Dot Award and her collaboration – ‘Tales from the Towpath’ an immersive literature work for Manchester Literature Festival, was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize. Her poem ‘Butterfly Orchid’ from her collection Fossil was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes.

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