David (Jhave) Johnston

Jhave Johnston is a digital poet who uses algorithms as aesthetic tools. As of August 2012, he is Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong.

Reading the Wind


In his video-poem “Reading the Wind,” Dave (Jhave) Johnston identifies the current environment for electronic literature, and in doing so, claims the impossibility of knowing its future.

The Assimilation of Text by Image


Jhave’s wide-ranging history and prospectus alerts us to cognitive, material, and mythic dimensions of the nexus of image and text. By showing how text evolved into image, the essay traces a new malleability, dimensionality, and embodiment of writing. The contemporary image-text is a quasi-object with experimental literary qualities as well as an almost organic media dynamism.

A Video Interview with Steve Tomasula by Jhave


Steve Tomasula in Conversation with Jhave. Recorded at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. 2012-02-21.