Which work are you particularly proud of? Which work best represents your style or approach?
The P.o.E.M.M. (Poems for Excitable [Mobile] Media) series of artworks. It’s the culmination of what I’ve been working towards for a number of years, looking for new poetic forms that grow naturally out of digital media and trying to integrate screen-based and print-based work. Also, Mr. Softie, our typographic text editor, which makes the print work possible and inspires me every time I use it. Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, a collective of artists, academics, activists and tech developers investigating and experimenting with ways that indigenous people use digital media to tell our stories.
What inspires you?
Language. People. Grace.
Which character/letter would you take to a deserted island?
Q. Curvaceous and rectilinear – it’s like Adam and Eve in one glyph!
TYPO Berlin 2011: What are you especially looking forward to?
Berlin at night. I lived there for two years in the late eighties, and it was one of the best times of my life. Ate dinner at 23h00, stayed out until breakfast at 9h00. I can’t do that sort of schedule any more, but I can approximate it.
For TYPO-veterans: Your favorite TYPO-moment?
Required reading: What are currently your favorite interesting/beautiful publications, books and links?
Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong by Paul Chaat Smith: a great, funny, disturbing meditation on what it means to be Indian/Native American/Native in the U.S.; Prehistoric Digital Poetry by Chris Funkhouser: a deep, deep dive into the archeology of creative digital writing – the man did his homework; Beautiful Code by Oram & Wilson (eds.): multiple probes into what makes for elegance in the particular type of writing we call programming; Scalped by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera: a take on Indian Country that looks, at first glance, 180 degrees from Smith’s but on closer reading shares some basic human themes – illustrated with grit & courage and lettered with grace; Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday: with my boys, introducing them to the superhero group which formed the most powerful mythology of my youth.