Saturday, March 23, 2019

ISSUE 14 Nimbus Memorial Special

Editor's Note:

You know - sometimes you need try something completely different in order to move on. And sometimes - this means you need to give up on control and let things come together differently.
That's what happened with this issue.
I decided to take a back seat and make an issue, but not an issue of Brave New Word. Instead, i've decided to provide a platform for another magazine that was unjustly shut down before it could really blossom.

The magazine i'm talking about is Nimbus. It was a Facebook-based publication all about exasperated tongue-in-cheek mocking of self-serious digital publications that have more bark than bite.

Here's what Nimbus editor Jeremy Hight says:

"Nimbus was created initially as a conceptual prank.  The initial idea and posts were absurd exaggerated characters parodying clichés of publishing.  

The work also was intended to explore the concept of a literary magazine existing in an alternative and seemingly unusual space like within a social media platform in a place for events or selling products.  

The quality of works almost immediately pushed it to a level of a truly high quality publication of text and image works from around the world. It only lasted 3 weeks as Facebook anonymously engineered breaking the notes function making it impossible to function."

Alexandra Naughton - Wakka Wakka Wakka

Alexandra Naughton is a writer based in Richmond, California. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Be About It Press, established in 2010.

She is the author of six poetry collections including You Could Never Objectify Me More Than I've Already Objectified Myself (Punk Hostage Press, 2015), I Wish You Never Emailed Me (Ghost City Press, 2016), and Rapid Transit (Nomadic Press, 2018). Her first novel, American Mary, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016.

Ariel Riveros Pavez - T'N'I

Ariel Riveros is a multiartist and theorist in the medical humanities.

Alan Sondheim - schisms/intruder/ruptures

Alan Sondheim is an American poet, critic, musician, artist, and theorist of cyberspace.

Michael J Maguire - Consider (Waiting for) the commuter bus…

Teacher, Writer, and Consultant in Ireland

"I am a Director of Development, Senior Lecturer, Writer, and Business Consultant currently living in Ireland and working where I'm needed.

I am a proud, Irishman, European and Global citizen.

My interests range from art, to innovation, digital creativity, creative technologies applied to business, business practices and broader society.

I am specifically interested in writing, business, code, games, art, general technological evolution, and academia"

Paul Corman-Roberts - Break Up Series

Paul Corman-Roberts is the author of the full length poetry collection "Water for a Brokedown Moon" forthcoming from Nomadic Press in 2020. Other collection titles include "We Shoot Typewriters" (Nomadic Press 2015) "Notes From an Orgy" (Paper Press 2014) and "19th Street Station" (Full of Crow Chap Series 2011.) He teaches to young students in Oakland CA who call him a "crackhead Santa Claus" and he still loves them.

Talan Memmott - google result sonnets

Talan Memmott is a digital writer/artist/theorist. Memmott has taught and been a researcher in digital art, digital design, electronic writing, new media studies, and digital culture at University of California Santa Cruz; University of Bergen; Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden; California State University Monterey Bay; the Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Colorado Boulder; and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Digital Media at Winona State University.

John Trubee - T'n'I

John Trubee is an American pop-rock musician and anti-poet, best known for his bizarre and amusing songs. His most well known song was "A Blind Man's Penis" (1983), which made him a cult figure.

Shane Jesse Christmass - Two Visual Pieces

Shane Jesse Christmass is the author of the novels, Xerox Over Manhattan (Apocalypse Party, 2019), Belfie Hell (Inside The Castle, 2018), Yeezus In Furs (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018), Napalm Recipe: Volume One (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017), Police Force As A Corrupt Breeze (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2016) and Acid Shottas (The Ledatape Organisation, 2014).

He was a member of the band Mattress Grave, and is currently a member in Snake Milker.

An archive of his writing/artwork/music can be found at

Margie Schnibbe - Two Pieces

Margie Schnibbe is an artist and filmmaker who is known for creating intuitive works that blur the boundaries between art and everyday life.
Schnibbe’s videos, drawings, paintings, performances, sculptures and audio projects have appeared in numerous venues including Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), Arsenal Institute for Film/Video Art and Kino Moviemento (Berlin), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Arte TV (Germany/France), Anthology Film Archives, Center for Book Arts, The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, Monkeytown (New York), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and in Los Angeles at LACE, Film Forum, Echo Park Film Center, Charlie James Gallery, Night Gallery, Nicodim Gallery, MOCA, The Hammer Museum, The Getty Museum, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, The Box and David Kordansky Gallery.
Margie Schnibbe was born in Yonkers, New York and studied ceramics at Hunter College of the City University of New York prior to receiving a BFA in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute in 1991 and an MFA in Film/Video from CalArts in 1998. Schnibbe lives and works in Los Angeles and hosts a monthly program on KCHUNG Radio. Schnibbe received a Creative Capital Emerging Fields grant with KCHUNG Radio in 2016.

Louise Bak - Tegument

Louise Bak is the author of Syzygy (DC Books), Tulpa (Coach House Books) Gingko Kitchen (Coach House Books) and emeighty (Letters). She was the co-host of Sex City, Toronto's weekly and only radio show, focused on intersections between sexuality, gender, politics and culture, ciut 89.5 fm. Her performance work has appeared in various settings and videos, including Cheese, Brothers and Sisters, Partial Selves, Crimes of the Heart, Tracing Soul and Partial Selves. She collaborated with Garine Torossian in a poetic video work, Come Around. She worked with independent and local filmmaker Keith Lock to bring a script inspired by Chinese folklore and Bak's own family history. She has guest-edited PlusZero, an independent feminist culture publication, on the theme of global Asian women’s art and she was a columnist with Toro, Canada’s online men’s magazine as a weekly sexual-cultural columnist. She's programmed variously, including film screenings with The Centre for Media and Culture in Education and with 100,000 Poets For Change. She has also curated and hosted a salon series called The Box, which encourages communication across literary and artistic borders.

Vuk Cosic - A KICK IN THE AI

Vuk Cosic aka Classic of Internet Art. 
Frequently exhibits (Manifesta, Zurich; Whitechappel, London; Venice Bienial; Habana Bienial; Manifesta, Zurich; ICA, London; Beaubourg, Paris; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Garage, Moscow; ICC, Tokio; Kunsthalle, Vienna; Digital Artlab, Tel Aviv; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Ars Electronica, Linz; Castello Rivoli, Torino; Walker, Minneapolis; Postmasters, NYC; Friedricanum, Kassel; Neue Galerie, Graz; IAS, Seoul; Baltic, Newcastle; Moca, Oslo; Barbican, London, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich...) and lectures (Museums: Castello Rivoli, Torino; Beaubourg, Paris; Guggenheim, Venice; CCA, Glasgow; Thing, NYC; LAMoCA, LA; Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich...; Festivals – Hong Kong, London, Liverpool, Dessau, Montreal, Banff, Madrid, Gorizia, Copenhagen, Barcelona...; Art schools and Universities- Stockholm, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Troy, Dundee, Liverpool, Venice, Linz, Barcelona, BNF, Paris...).

Subject of numerous BA, MA and PHD theses (universities of Rome, Sao Paolo, Leeds, Manchester, Bruxelles, Trieste…), media coverage (NY Times, Liberation, La Repubblica, Guardian, Financial Times, Cahiers du Cinema, Artforum, Newsweek, Wired, Haaretz, ORF, CNN, BBC...) as well as key publications on new media  (Black Dog, MIT press, Thames & Hudson, Tate, Taschen, Baltic...).

Annie Bergson - Five Word Clouds

Annie Bergson does not believe in the natural order of things and thinks that there is something wrong with the way we treat texts. She's into NLP and data visualization because that is the future and there is no point in pretending this is not the future of artistic expression. 

Borys Tsyperdyuk - Not Giving a Damn: The Frequencies

Borys Tsyperdyuk is the data scientist from Chicago, IL. He just wants to have fun.

Jeremy Hight - Gerald prefers it this way

Jeremy Hight is a professor of English and Creative Writing and is proud to have a text and image work in the Whitney Museum. He writes prose, poetry and critical theory and lives with his loving wife Lisa in Los Angeles