Words collide: Digital Art Live and Auckland Writers Festival remix Kiwi poetry

  • Art
  • May 8, 2014
  • StopPress Team
Words collide: Digital Art Live and Auckland Writers Festival remix Kiwi poetry

Increasingly, the worlds of art and technology—and commerce and technology—are colliding. Digital Art Live, a collaboration between CoLab and The Edge, is bringing that fusion into the real world and its upcoming exhibition Cut and Paste features a collaboration between digital artist Jenna Gavin and the Auckland Writers Festival. 

As the website says: "Using the metaphor of a scrapbook, this interactive work invites the audience to select words from New Zealand poems [from a big range of different poets]. These words become a trigger for a digital poetry lexicon, creating a brand new poem that will appear on the screen. The underlying message of this artist’s work is that new concepts stem from existing ideas and this is the nature of creativity."

Gavin, who is currently undertaking a masters in Creative Technologies at Auckland University of Technology, creates playful interactions with language, data and form and her strength lies in crafting unique user experiences through code and objects. Her eight-player game 'Word Wars' has been played at the Auckland Art Gallery, the Semi-Permanent Research Lab and the Pop-Up Indie Games Arcade. And in 2013, she co-organisedRabble Room, a social play space showcasing multiplayer arcade games. 

​Digital Art Live, which was launched in April 2011 with Stuart Foster's Chrip, aims to showcase local and international digital artworks in a unique interactive space (Level 2 of the Aotea Centre in Auckland’s CBD, the interface is made up of 12 Samsung thin flat screens organised into a large composite measuring 4100mm x 1737mm).

"Our mission is to bring the world of creative technology into the public domain by providing a space that encourages interactivity, collaboration and experimentation ... Our goal is to encourage these creative communities to develop their skills, collaborate with each other and find new ways or working. To help facilitate this process we will also be providing a series of talks and workshops as well as sending out call outs to interactive artists and developers to submit their work."

Check out some of the previous projects below. 

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

Comms Council announces The Pressie Awards

  • Awards
  • August 23, 2019
  • StopPress Team
Comms Council announces The Pressie Awards

The Commercial Communications Council has announced The Pressie Awards are back for a second year, after launching in 2018 as the PRESCom Awards.

Read more
Next page
Results for

StopPress provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2019 ICG Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.


Contact Vernene Medcalf at +64 21 628 200 to advertise in StopPress.

View Media Kit