The central question to ask: What operations are being performed on language?
Language (i.e. the complete database) is already the greatest work of literature. (Paul Valéry)
GUEST VISIT: XUAN YE!
Xuan will speak about her recent MFA thesis show and her work with algorithmic textual practices and the spaces between language and code.
Jorge Luis Borges – The Library of Babel
OULIPO (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle) (Algorithms are a set of instructions.)
Constrained writing techniques!
WORD REPLACE (draws attention to syntax, form, while displacing content)
LIPOGRAM: Omitting every word with the letter “e.” (Perec, La Disparition / A Void in English) (UNIVOCALISM: a text written with a single vowel (e.g. only “e” vowels are allowed)
DIASTIC method (Jackson Mac Low)
“S+7” or “N+7”, which requires the writer to replace every noun in the original piece with the seventh noun after it in the dictionary;
“snowball“, a poem in which each line is one word long, and each word is longer than the last.
Fibonacci series / prime numbers: Select the 1,2,3,5,8,13… word of a paragraph.
Constrained length. (e.g. 33-word paragraphs.)
How to Beat Writer’s Block! (McKenzie Wark)
James Tenney/Alison Knowles – A House of Dust
Darby Larson: Irritant (2013)
Gertrude Stein: The Making of Americans (1925) (Ch. 10 History of a Family’s Progress)
Raymond Queneau: Exercises de Style. Same story told in 99 different ways.
Sunspring (AI-generated script).
William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin: The Third Mind
Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups (Burroughs)
Raymond Queneau: A Hundred Trillion Sonnets
Xuan Ye: EveryLetterCyborg
@twoheadlines (Darius Kazemi)
Gutenberg Poetry Autocomplete (Allison Parrish)
REDACTION / ERASURE
Tom Phillips: A Humument
Yedda Morrison: Darkness
Nick Montfort: The Deletionist
Shinseungback Kimyonghun – CAPTCHA Tweet
GLITCH / SPAM
a) Exhausting the auto-complete function in email browsers (iPhone / Android).
b) Cutting up a pulp novel! Text generation via aleatoric methods (mesostic/acrostic, numerological, more complex algorithms…)