3A

WRITING MACHINES!

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

GENERATIVE WRITING

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)

MESOSTIC poem generator.

“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)

STYLISTIC MIMICRY

Raymond Queneau: Exercises de Style. Same story told in 99 different ways.

Tiffany Chan – @TaySEliot bot (combines Taylor Swift lyrics with T.S. Eliot poetry)

Sunspring (AI-generated script).

ANALYTICS

Massive addressibility.

CUT-UPS!

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)

Quick Twitter Bot Generator

Gutenberg Poetry Autocomplete (Allison Parrish)

REDACTION / ERASURE

Tom Phillips: A Humument

Yedda Morrison: Darkness

Nick Montfort: The Deletionist

RECOGNITION

@reverseocr (Kazemi)

Shinseungback Kimyonghun – CAPTCHA Tweet

Xu Bing: Book from the Sky (1987-1991) More images.

GLITCH / SPAM

EXERCISES

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…)

 

 

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