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Our new editor in chief is Miikka Laihinen!

Nihil Interit ry. has chosen a new editor in chief to Nokturno! Miikka Laihinen is a literary critic and a PhD specialised in experimental contemporary poetry. He will take the wheel after Virpi Vairinen’s six year term in January 2022. In an interview in Finnish (here) Laihinen told about his plans for Nokturno. Carefully curated […]

Our poet-in-digital-residence 2021 is Mariana Marangoni!

Mariana Marangoni’s work Overflowing Gardens of Decay uses a web crawler script to search for broken URLs, dead-end links, and other forms of internet entropy. It transforms broken websites to performative spaces where unavailable material is replaced with poetry and visual art. Nokturno interviewed Mariana before the beginning of the residency. What inspired you to […]

Open call: apply now for digital residence at Nokturno!

Nokturno’s digital residence is a virtual residency program inviting poets and artists to explore and use digital resources as part of their practice. The resident is provided a virtual gallery/working space at Nokturno.fi, built together with the team of the website, and the opportunity to utilize it in for example: 1. creating and releasing a […]

The Digital Literature Project di.ki starts – the virtual events introduce digital literature to audience and enhance new digital works

During the Digital Literature Project di.ki offers events such as an open webinar for general audience and a Digital Literature Hackathon for those interested in creating new works of digital literature. The project aims to increase knowledge about digital literature and to support creation of new works of art. The open webinar Approaches to Digital […]

2-2022

Ruminating Senses

“Why should the digital world in the first place imitate poetry printed on paper? Why would I imitate a three-dimensional world, for a browser-based expression is not a three-dimensional phenomenon?” These are words from Nokturno’s interview of J.P. Sipilä, one of the most prominent and international video poetry authors in Finland. Sipilä’s thoughts have a strong […]

5-2021

Poetry in all kinds of places

This issue opens with Storage closet by Cliff Watson, it was born as part of a hybrid-genre story 6-foot pine: life and romance in the chrondemic age, where a virtual reality room is created in an old storage closet as a gift from one character to another. Watson has used technologies of VR and AR […]

4-2021

Guest curator issue: A shy system, a hate speech translator, and a game you can only lose

These works had their beginnings in a three-day Digital Literature Hackathon organized in April 2021, where the genre’s representatives commingled and together developed concepts for new pieces of digital literature. All of the working groups behind the works published in this issue were formed while producing these very pieces, which all incorporate themes of climate […]

2-2021

Interactivity, oranges and aphorisms

This issue opens with an interactive version of Sana päivässä (One Word A Day), a procedural project by poet Reetta Pekkanen. She wrote the poems one word per day and the process is visible in the interactive version where reader can reveal the poems word by word. The piece is coded by Teemu T. Tuovinen. […]

1-2021

At the fine line between life and art

We open with Romance/Tension by our web designer Teemu Tuovinen. These two kinetic poems apply mathematical concepts to movement and words. What do romance and tension entail when you take a closer look? Poet Karri Kokko is known for his conceptual works. In his essay Uutisia jotka pysyvät uutisina (News that stays news) Kokko addresses […]

6-2020

Traces of stories, nature poems and things we miss

Olli Aarni debuted in Nokturno in 2018 as our poet-in-digital-residence. He has now created a new piece of sound poetry called Pisarassa. An earlier version of the poem was heard at the Poetry Moon festival in Helsinki earlier this year. Audio tracks in the poem are recorded in Vantaa, Helsinki, Joutsa and Oulu, Finland and […]

5-2020

Poetry objects, circuits and corona art

Loukku is a game created by comic book artist Tuomas Tiainen and game designer Sanna Väätänen. In Loukku player moves around in an old house from one decade to another. The game is a gently claustrofobic adventure where the player tries to find his/her way to the sauna. It isn’t easy, the house is haunted […]

4-2020

Guest Curator Issue: Readable Games, Playable Literature

The word “game” (which will be used throughout to denote digital games) often conjures images of playful interactive franchises such as Fortnite and Minecraft, created to simulate competition, conflict, or construction. In the end though, digital games — as opposed to board games or role-playing games, for instance — are simply experiences made possible by […]

Nokturno collaborating in a major project promoting digital literature

In 2021 Nokturno will be collaborating in a major project promoting digital literature. DI-KI includes work shops, seminars and fascinating program open for all. The project is led by Nuoren Voiman Liitto, other partners in the joint project are ELKE ry, Aalto Studios at the Aalto University and Master’s program for writing at University of […]