JOHNSTON, David Jhave
Assistant Professor
Tel: 3442 5726
Room: M7089


Dr David Jhave Johnston is a digital poet. His work is an attempt to harmoniously reconcile computation, emotion, concepts, and the ancient idea of artist as conduit. Creative focuses: language-based online digital art, combinatorial poetics and multimedia poetry. He has developed interactive online literary-art that features typographic experiments with Python, Unity, Flash, Mudbox, Vegas, Ableton, After Effects and Mr. Softie. Since 1999, he has been publishing language art online (instead of on paper) at In the spring of 2011 he released a usb-key-version collection of a decade of this web work. He has exhibited at the following venues, festivals and platforms: Agence Topo, Chambre Blanche, Champ Libre, ELO, FILE, FOFA, Incident, Oboro and Turbulence among others. His work has also been exhibited at four new media biennales: Montreal 2003, 2009, 2011 and Toronto 2004. He has lectured and performed digital -poetry at numerous events internationally including keynotes in the United States and Australia.

Jhave’s book-length theoretical survey of contemporary digital poetry in relation to animism is slated for publication by MIT Press in spring 2016.

Currently he is doing research on a Python poetry-generator that uses big-data methodologies; and developing immersive poetry for stereoscopic cylindrical theatres. He is also writing a book on the relationship between art and money.


  • Animism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Poetry
  • Immersive
  • Installation
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Literature
  • Money
  • Multimedia
  • Net-art