Jaka Železnikar

Jaka Železnikar is an author of e-literature, net artist, and web developer.

Jaka Železnikar, performing its e-poetry, January 2015.
Jaka Železnikar performing/reading its e-poetry, . Photograph: Sunčan Patrick Stone.

Poetry

In 1994 his several years of literary engagement rooted in poetry result in his literary debut, a book of poetry and short stories, 54.000 words (54.000 besed, in Slovene).

Net art, e-literature

With his net art/e-literature work Interactivalia (1997) eneters the net art and e-literature domain as one of the pioners of the field. This work is the first slovene collection of internet based interactive poetry. Up to today more than 50 works of net art and e-literature are freely and add-free awailable on his website.

Mediums of works

Most of the works of Jaka Železnikar are digital born and on-line. Next to that he also published and released several books, a 3½ floppy disk of interactive e-poetry, Firefox add-ons, and an Android app - complemented with performances/e-literature readings and events, installations, exhibitions, and poetry readings.

Publications and exhibitions

He presents his work in literary and exhibition venues both nationally and internationally.

Jaka Železnikar holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and new Media (De Montfort University, UK). He lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia (EU) and writes in Slovene and English.

Selected publications of e-literature (journals and magazines)

Selected exhibitions

  • 2014. net.art Painters and Poets, Mestna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2007. The Art Happens Here, iCommons Summit — artist in residence, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 2006. Oivos-Oivos / Wine-Wine – Visual poetry exhibition, Patras, European Capital of Culture 2006, Patras, Greece
  • 2005. Territories, identities, nets : Slovene art 1995-2005, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2003. Nordic Live Art, Göteborg Art Museum, Göteborg, Švedska
  • 2002. Web 3D Art 2002, ICA — Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
  • 2001. Slovene visual and concrete poetry (1965 - 2001), Bežigrajska galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2001. The Eye And Its Truth - Spectacle and Reality in Slovene Art 1984 - 2001, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1999. Net_condition, TheLounge, NetShop#2, ZKM — Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany

Selected work as a selector/curator

  • 2005 - 2006. Festival of creativity and free culture, festival accompanying the launch of the Slovene Creative Commons licence and the following festival dedicated to free culture, Ljubljana, Slovenia (selector/curator)
  • 2002. Pixxelpoint, international festival of computer art, Nova Gorica, Slovenia (selector)
  • 2001 - 2003. Golden Bird Award (Zlata ptica), awards for recent achievements in different artistic disciplines by emerging and promising authors or groups, Ljubljana, Slovenia (member of the jury)
  • 2000 — 2003. Break Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia (selector/programme advisor)

Further information on the author

For more details on awards, exhibitions, festivals and curatorial, selective and similar work please see:

  • jaka-zeleznikar-reference.pdf
    This document is currently being translated from Slovene. I hope that the English version will be running soon, but until then I would like to apologize for any inconveniences.

Contact

jaka jaka org

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Timeline

· 2009 on: e-literature and e-poetry
· about 2004 to 2009: a book and several e-poetry Firefox add-ons
· 1997 to about 2004: net art (with strong literature influence)
· end of 1980s to 1994: poetry, short fiction

Social media presence

· Twitter (mostly literature and on-line culture affairs as they go)
· LinkedIn (business portfolio)
· Facebook (rarely used)
· Delicious (archive, e-literature related bookmarks, including net art based on language expression)

About the Slovene language

Slovene or Slovenian ('slovenščina') is a South Slavic language spoken by approximately 2.5 million speakers worldwide, the majority of whom live in Slovenia. Slovene is written in the Roman alphabet. It is a grammatically complex language with rich (inflectional) morphology. It has 6 cases, 3 genders, 4 tenses and 3 numbers (beside the singular and plural also the dual is used - for two persons or objects).

Key words

programmable literature, e-poetry, poetry, e-literature, creative writing, fiction, computation, combinatory, generative, ergodic (Espen Aarseth), net art, language expression, new media, interactive, nonlinear, visual art, art/poetry add-ons for Firefox, digital art ...

E-literature

Organizations related to e-literature:
Electronic Literature Organization
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice

Evolution of technology and digital online content

It is impossible to separate the net art and (at least the on-line part of) e-literature works from the technological (and cultural) state of the internet at the time of their creation.

An interesting quick overview of the development is available at: The evolution of the web - interactive infographic about the evolution of browsers and web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript since 1993. By Google, Hyperakt and Vizzuality.