OTTAR ORMSTAD (b. Oslo, Norway) is a poet and lives in Oslo, Norway. As a concrete poet, Ottar Ormstad has been the author of electronic poetry since 2006. In his works, he extends his originally print-based practice by moving to the realm of the networked programmable space. His works usually include electronic music or own piano improvisations, visual backgrounds such as self-produced b/w (darkroom-) photography, or live video footage, on which he stages his poetry. In his playful poetry, a yellow “y” usually serves as “main character”. In print, as well as in his video-based works, Ottar Ormstad often presents his concrete poetry as what he calls “letter carpets” which create effects known from op art. His works have been internationally screened and exhibited as part of experimental film and electronic literature festivals and conferences. In addition to Conferences and Festivals of the Electronic Literature Organization, he has exhibited and screened works at four E-Poetry Festivals, Videobardo (Argentina), Inside the Moment (US), Doctorclip (Rome), Oslo Screen Festival, Cologne OFF, Instants vidéo, Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse), Images Contre Nature (Marseille), Moscow International Film Festival, Schriftfilme (ZKM/Karlsruhe), Typemotion, FACT (Liverpool) and the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts and several other arrangements. Since 2014 he has collaborated with the Russian composer and musician Taras Mashtalir under the name “Ottaras”. Based on Ormstad’s visual poetry and Mashtalir’s music, the Russian video makers Vojjov and Kalnberzin have created several works in two versions: one for screenings and one for performances.