Technopoet and digi-maven JR Carpenter drops into CE3C to talk lo-fi digital literature over grilled cheese sandwiches and juice. JR discloses what happened to her in 1993 and how it began her journey to becoming the acclaimed digital artist she is today. Inter(media)tion participants will be treated to her sharp critical input about their performances and installations for the upcoming show at the Literary In(ter)ventions program at the Banff Centre, and the Free Exchange conference on ‘Media and Excess’. Kurtis Lesick will also interview JR in the Theo Sims’ Candahar at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery.
Artist talk, February 10, 2012 | Room 595 | 12:45 PM
A video of the interview will be available on the CE3C website.
J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian artist, writer and maker of maps, zines, books, poems, fiction, non-fiction and non-linear hypermedia narratives. She studied Life Drawing and Anatomy at the Art Students League of New York and Fibres and Sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal, where she served as President of the Board of Directors of OBORO, an artist-run gallery and new media lab, from 2006-2010.
Carpenter has been using the Internet as a medium for the creation and dissemination of experimental texts since 1993. Her electronic literature has been presented at museums, galleries, conferences and festivals around the world including the Musee de Beaux-arts de Montreal, OBORO, Dare-Dare and the Biennal de Montreal (Montreal), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and Images Festival (Toronto), Interactive Screen and In(ter)ventions (Banff), Helen Pitt Gallery (Vancouver), Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax), The Rhizome ArtBase at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Arnolfini (Bristol), Inspace (Edinburgh), Palazzo delle arti Napoli (Naples), Machfeld Studio (Vienna), Jyvaskilla Art Museum (Finland), The Web Biennial 2007 (Istanbul), Cast Gallery (Tasmania), Interrupt Festival 2008 (Brown), Media in Transition 2009 (MIT), the Electronic Literature Organization Conference 2008 (Vancouver, Washington), E-Poetry 2009 (Barcelona) and E-Poetry 2011 (CUNY Buffalo) and is included in the Electronic Literature Collection Volumes One and Two.
Her essays, reviews, poems and short fiction have been broadcast on CBC Radio, translated into English, Spanish and Italian, and published in numerous anthologies and journals across Canada and internationally including: Dandelion, Crannog, Geist, The New Quarterly, Matrix, Ryga, Dragnet, Branch, Carte Blanche and Blood & Aphorisms. Carpenter was named a Montreal Mirror Noisemaker in 2009 and has won the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award (2008), the CBC Quebec Short Story Competition (2003 & 2005), and the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book for her first novel, Words the Dog Knows, published by Conundrum Press in 2008. Her second book, GENERATION[S], is a collection of narrative codeworks published by Vienna-based TRAUMAWIEN in 2010.
Carpenter is the recipient of grants in literature and new media from the Conseil des Arts de Montreal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec and Canada Council for the Arts. She is a fellow of Yaddo, Ucross, Caldera, The Vermont Studio Center, Struts and the Banff Centre, and was E-Writer-in-Residence at Dartington College (UK) in the autumn of 2009. In 2010 she was awarded a studentship to pursue a three-year practice-led PhD at University of the Arts London / University College Falmouth. She lives in South Devon, England.
[bio from her website]