New Media Performance

Curatorial and Collaborative Practices

The Happy Jug
A Posthuman Play

written and directed by Nathan Jones
sound by Kepla
visuals by Simon Jones and Chris Boyd
sculpture by Madeline Hall

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Silence May Be Kept
Installation for Liverpool Light Night

text by Nathan Jones
produced by Simon Jones
voice by Martha Jones

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The EVP Sessions
Voice & Technology & The Unexplainable
electronicvoicephenemena.net

3 x London-Liverpool events
Produced in partnership with Penned in the Margins
the Bluecoat, Liverpool, and Shoreditch Town Hall

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Electronic Voice Phenomena Tour

a partnership project between Mercy and Penned in the Margins
Touring 9 UK venues, including Sage Gateshead, Richmix in London, and St Georges Hall, Liverpool
featuring new work from Steven J Fowler, Outfit, Hannah Silva and Ross Sutherland.

 

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Syndrome
Interaction and Affect — Posthuman Performance
SYN-DRO.ME

residency/research/events programme
In partnership with FACT and the HIVE collective

 

 

Glitch Poetics

A research project

Recipient of Royal Holloway University of London
REID cross-disciplinary PhD scholarship 2014-17

Publications

Book Chapter

“Glitch Poetics: the Posthumanities of Error in Speed Readers, Erica Scourti, Predictive Text, and Caroline Bergvall”
Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature
[read sample]

Media of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature

Articles

“Notes Towards a Glitch Poetcs: Keston Sutherland’s The Odes to TL61P”
in Thresholds online journal

“The Testimony of Structure: Codecs and Contemporary Poetry”
in A Peer Reviewed Journal About_ Excessive Research

Talks

“Glitch Poetics and the Posthuman” Shared Futures: English Conference, Newcastle, 2017
“Glitch: the Contemporary Aesthetic” Onassis Centre, Athens, 2016
“Glitch Poetics of Erica Scourti and Caroline Bergvall” Glitchy Textures Paris 8, 2016
& Bremen, 2016

 

Torque

Torque operates at the nexus of mind, language and technology. It was founded by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner in 2012 as an itinerant publisher, arts and curatorial platform.

Torque’s practice is based in public research – we host symposia and publish to share the basis of our making practice as broadly as possible. Our collaborative art works often blend back into the research phase, consisting of installations, interventions, innovative text and digital media works which engage with people’s experience of technology and language in particular. Two iterations of the Torque project have taken us from a broad survey of interesting approaches to thinking the relation of thought, language and technologies, into a more detailed analysis of contemporary reading. Our latest book shifts this focus to consider the effect of blockchain technology on publishing and art practices.

ARTISTS RE:THINKING THE BLOCKCHAIN
edited collection [2017]
edited by Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, and Sam Skinner

The blockchain is widely heralded as the new internet – another dimension in an ever-faster, ever-more-powerful interlocking of ideas, actions and values. Principally the blockchain is a ledger distributed across a large array of machines that enables digital ownership and exchange without a central administering body. Within the arts it has profound implications as both a means of organising and distributing material, and as a new subject and medium for artistic exploration. This landmark publication will bring together a diverse array of artists and researchers engaged with the blockchain, unpacking, critiquing and marking the arrival of it on the cultural landscape for a broad readership across the arts and humanities.
BUY THIS BOOK*TORQUE #1
edited collection [2014]Contributors: Lambros Malafouris, Emil Alzamora, Anna Munster, Benedict Drew, Esther Leslie, Cécile B Evans, Hannah Proctor, Nathan Jones, Stephen Fortune, Dennis Oppenheim, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Holly Pester, Geoff Cox, Alex McLean, Kate Sicchio, Karl Heinz Jeron, Mez Breeze, Robert Sheppard, Chris Boyd, Imogen Stidworthy.free ebook available from Link Editions
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THE REREADER
interactive artwork [2017]
by Nathan Jones, Sam Skinner and Tom Schofield

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RELEARNING TO READ
exhibition [April-May 2017]
Curated by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner
Artists: Anna Barham, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Malevé, Erica Scourti, Tom Schofield, Sam Skinner, Emily Speed

at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Torque web browsing history printed onto microfiche

my VR headset poem set into a book and table

visual identity by Sam Skinner

 

ABSORBING TEXT: REREADING SPEED READING
academic paper
A Peer Review Journal About_ Machine Research [2017]
by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner
Download PDF*TORQUE #2:
THE ACT OF READING

edited collection [2015]
This book features a variety of original essays and poems exploring ‘the act of reading’, particularly the effect of technologies, philosophy and poetics on reading today.
Anna Barham, Charles Bernstein, Tim Etchells, Stephen Fortune, Grace Harrison, Mark Greenwood, N. Katherine Hayles, Liam Jones, Nathan Jones, Alex Leff, Esther Leslie, Claire Potter, Nina Power, Hannah Proctor, Eleanor Rees, Erica Scourti, Sam Skinner, Garrett Stewart, James Wilkes and Soenke Zelhe

Edited by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner
Downloads PDF and EPUB**BAD SHIBE
story by Rob Myers, illustrated by Lina Theodorou
afterward by Ruth Catlow
designed by Mark Simmonds

 

Recent_

A Liverpool Biennial commission. Published in LUNE literary journal. Unicode Class Vernacular is a project exploring the character database Unicode,
Entr’acte (Antwerp) are publishing an illustrated libretto and audio CD release of my “posthuman play” The Happy Jug, with musician
Text animation on monitor, in collaboration with Andre Guedes. First shown in English and Portugese at “Prospectus IV” Gallerie Municipas
an interactive installation by Nathan Jones, Sam Skinner and Tom Schofield A book scanner which transforms the physical book in
Edited book of work by Fine Art BA students attending my Media Art Writing seminar series at Liverpool John Moores
A cover feature article/poem for Poetry Wales, edited by Nia Davies. l a n g u a g e is
performances at FACT and the Bluecoat, Liverpool 2017 No bodies survive intact in this equation, wherein time itself is accorded
A poem played via VR headset reader using speed reader software, one text to each eye. Shown at Public Access
Text and live visual performance at HOME Manchester
Nodes is an ongoing theatre/performance writing project by myself and Mark Greenwood. http://sedonodes.tumblr.com/ We recently appeared on the Verb with
FACT project, with Liverpool Mutual Homes, to create a special digital literacy programme of work for their residents. I met
Surround sound audio, installed in ceiling grid. Story by China Meilville Concept and performance by Nathan Jones Recording and production
I made this performance for Liverpool Biennial’s Future City symposium. The brief was to work with a newly gathered ‘Future
Some images of the Live Writing software I developed at Mercy with Mark Greenwood and Sam Meech.  The interface is
A performance paper I delivered at Brunel University. The complete title is “Nuance, Nuisance, Jouissance: notes towards a noise poetic”

Contact and CV

Nathan Jones
P : 07877660150
Contact :
nathan@mercyonline.co.uk
CV :
download here