featuring a discussion on computer-generated literature with
Seraphs: A Procedurally Generated Mysterious Codex
This event includes a book signing
March 5, 2018
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes JOHN CAYLEY, LIZA DALY, NICK MONTFORT, and ALLISON PARRISH for a discussion of their respective books: Image Generation, Seraphs: A Procedurally Generated Mysterious Codex, The Truelist, and Articulations. Computer-generated poetry and fiction has been imagined for decades, even centuries. In recent years, this sort of literary art has not only been produced; it has been edited, typeset, and printed. "Author Function" is also a Rotch Library Exhibit at MIT Libraries—a presentation of books, chapbooks, broadsides, and other printed matter from the collection of Professor Montfort. Learn more here.
About Image Generation
Image Generation contains original and generated writing and language art making compositional use of computation and the network. Johanna Drucker writes: "critical insight about process moves through the depths and shallows of personal imagery here, pulling insight to the surface of attention, like a figure always in/on moving water, shifting even as we apprehend it . . . this is not a book about technology, rather, it is a work conceived within the multiple mediations of how, now, poetic forms come into being within 'the commons of language.'" Learn more here.
Seraphs is a 50,000+ word project based on the mysterious Voynich Manuscript—an untranslated (and probably untranslatable) codex written around the 16th century—and on the 2014 National Novel Generation Month. It utilizes resources such as Flickr API, the Internet Archive Commons, and a set of themed "folios" based on the themes from the original manuscript. Learn more here.
About The Truelist
The Truelist is a book-length poem generated by a one-page, stand-alone computer program. Based on compound words, some more conventional, some quite unusual, the poem invites the reader to imagine moving through a strange landscape that seems to arise from the English language itself. The unusual compounds are open to being understood differently by each reader, given that person’s cultural and individual background. Learn more here.
Articulations consists of poems output by a computer program that extracts linguistic features from over two million lines of public domain poetry, then traces fluid paths between the lines based on their similarities. By turns propulsive and meditative, the poems demonstrate an intuitive coherence found outside the bounds of intentional semantic constraints. Learn more here.
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