“MUPS” by David Jhave Johnston

Screen capture of "MUPS" by David Jhave Johnston. Plain white background with a rectangle made out of minuscule black squares, although a small amount are painted red. Charts appear on the other side of the big rectangle.
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This “online sonic mashup engine” assembles 1260 poetry audio recordings from the Penn Sound archive and provides simple, intuitive tools for very specific kinds of analysis. Whimsically toned like much of Jhave’s work, he could’ve easily used this engine to create an e-poem or a series of them: expressions of the tool and his vision. Instead, he released the tool for users to have their own creative explorations and analysis of the material.

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“McLu-uhms” by David Jhave Johnston

Screen capture of "McLu-uhms" by David Jhave Johnston. An out-of-service drinking fountain. Text: "(too small to read)"
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“Typeoms” by David Jhave Johnston

Screen acpture from "Typeoms" by David Jhave Johnston. five text boxes with various lines of text inside them. Text: "UNBENDS? CAMISOLE" LIPERTATURE: / RUDE LITERATURE OF TEN ORAL" "VOLITIONS-WRETCHES" "FOXFIRES TELEPHONES!" "METAPORE: / POROUS SEMANTICS"
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“Extinction Elegies” by David Jhave Johnston

Screen capture from "Extinction Elegies" by David Jhave Johnston. Still photograph of falling water droplets, with directional arrow buttons on each side and white text to the left of the droplets. Text: "0/27/EXTINCTION sophoclean/richening-ELEGIES/EXTINCTION ELEGIES/."
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“6 Weird Questions asked in a Wired Way” by David Jhave Johnston

Screen capture from "6 Weird Questions asked in a Wired Way" by David Jhave Johnston. Black backgorund with an orange figure which has no distinct form. Text: "who is it who is it who / who runs and burns within the hiding who / who feeds and drinks on the fur of who / who is it who is it who". "
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“Spam Heart” by David Jhave Johnston

Screen capture from “Spam Heart” by David Jhave Johnston. Black background and gray words. Text: “Rise/Rinsing/Root/Ripe/Rush/ Through/ Ophthalmascopes/ Suspectedly Alerting.
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“Reboot the Universe” by David Jhave Johnston

"Reboot the Universe" by David Jhave Johnston
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“Softies” and “MUDs” by David Jhave Johnston

 

Screen capture from “Softies” and “MUDS” by David Jhave Johnston. Completely white picture with, what it seems to be the beginning of a sketch or drawing. There are only two lines forming one corner of what it seems to be a portrait. The inner line goes all the way down to the corner below, but the line that is supposed to represent the borders of the portrait are only drawn halfway. Text: There is no text on this picture.
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In the Spring of 2009, Jhave was experimenting with two digital tools that allowed him to manipulate typography in different ways: Mudbox and Mr. Softie. He had first experimented with Mudbox in the Fall of 2008 when he was producing the Soundseeker sketches, and produced 7 more pieces compiled under the title MUDs. At the same time, his typographical experimentation with Mr. Softie resulted in 7 short pieces published as Softies. These works extend Jhave’s fascination with the physicality of language particularly when embedded within videos.

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“Sound Seeker” by David Jhave Johnston

 

Screen capture of “Sound Seeker” by David Jhave Johnston. A blond, white man, standing in front of a white wall, only visible from the shoulders and up. He is at the right corner of the picture looking at a blue matter that is floating in midair at the corner of the left side of the picture. The word “crucial” is in the middle of the man and the blue matter. Their shadows are reflected on the white wall (the man’s, the matter’s and the word’s).
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“Bathroom Sketches” by David Jhave Johnston

From January to May 2008, Jhave produced a series of 30 sketches, experiments in motion photography, usually involving water, in which he tests out different ways of juxtaposing and superposing his poetic texts with video clips. Published as a blog, Jhave describes the project in the about page as: