It’s the result of the “Threads” exercises. It regards the wonder or astonishment of DALL-E users by writing and having an image in exchange. Far from AI, “Blackbox” aims to foster an intuitive intelligence by drawing and following your own ideas or beliefs.
Blackbox was published by Taper #9: Nine Lives, Fall 2022. Taper is an online literary magazine for small computational pieces, published by Bad Quarto.
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“Instructions about how to (dis)appear completely The rest is left over” is a “machine of poiesis [máquina poiética]” that prints a maximum of 60 addresses on a letter sheet. Plus four basic instructions for use.
The number of arrows corresponds to the second in which the reader operates the piece. Each arrow is selected from ten different character patterns and randomly rotated 360 degrees.
The machine generates the poetic experience of chance. Its design corresponds to the tension between the suggested, provoked algorithmic chance and the erratic human factor. Time, space, and reading are the variables for a guideline-seeking eye. This eye reads in all directions, from bottom to top, from left to right. It contradicts your own experience and intuition. Play to interpret. So, it is there and now, where there is a chance to find your own poem. It is a unique experience designed exclusively for you.
And do you think that chance can be algorithmically generated as a destination? Imagine. What do you wonder, today?
For this edition in Taper #7, the machine takes as departure point 14 questions coming from “The Book of Questions: Questions Asked by Children 3-5 years” by Alec Finlay (Platform Projects, 2005) and one doubt by Vini da kid.
Thanks a lot to the Editorial Collective Taper #7, Kyle Booten, Angela Chang, Leonardo Flores, Judy Heflin and Milton Läufer, for looking forward on this maquina poeitica and for their work on this Taper issue. Many thanks to Nick Montfort for making this project possible
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Solo existes si estas presente
Los ausentes Siempre Des existimos
I am happy to share this project published in Taper.
Taper is an online literary journal for computational poetry and literary art.
Each issue is edited by a collective.
This second issue, was curated by Sebastian Bartlett, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Angela Chang, Judy Heflin, and Rachel Paige Thompson.
A constraint was established: The core part of each poem — the HTML on the page after the header — could be no more than a tiny 2KB, 2048 ASCII characters.
Some how it was about Two, 2, or tú
“Duality” or “two” implies a border between identities, a difference from the unity and a recognizable distention with the otherness. “Entre dos lenguas / Between two tongues” understands language as a unique and natural border between humans. It explores the semiotics of the word “two” coming from an array of 48 different languages, its mathematical representation as the number “2”, and the user interaction as another layer of language. As the poem advances, it mutates the structure of the sentences. The poem’s last screen shows a graphical division done as consequence of the constant interaction. Does “dos” equal “two” ? Maybe. It could be, if we present the same symbol. But it doesn’t matter if we don’t experience language between each other .
So, What happens “Entre dos lenguas” ? Maybe, it is an act of love, a willing to understand and communicate the other. Or it just dosn’t happens.
Language is the border.