(on a personal note, I'm happy with this piece from a devops point of view—the model runs on a VPS with 1GB RAM that pushes out newly-generated pairs of lines over websockets to all connected browsers, so everyone sees the same lines & I only pay $5/mo to keep it online haha)
new work from me in the ISEA 2020 Art Programme: Reconstructions https://reconstructions.decontextualize.com an infinite computer-generated poem with a nested chiastic structure
the lines are generated by sampling a variational autoencoder (https://github.com/aparrish/vae-lagging-encoder/) trained on a bunch of public domain poetry (https://github.com/aparrish/gutenberg-poetry-corpus). each line is paired with another resulting from the model's reconstruction of the original line with words reversed
Hilbert 5 Red on Black
linocut print, 6"x6"
Experiment printing on black paper. I like it! Got it up on Etsy:
from the brilliant Amira Hanafi, an invitation to participate in "A Language Act," a crowd translation of the English Language Unity Act: https://mailchi.mp/f8ec0060b70a/language-act
Please apply for Generative Unfoldings commissions, up to 15 of $1000 will be awarded for free/open-source generative art, to run live in an in-browser exhibition
Deadline for sketches/prototypes: November 1
I'm delighted to be curating this exhibit and on the jury with 4 amazing artists
notes from wip
(the Anne Carson example here looks simple when you draw it out like I did, but the poems themselves are basically a clinic on how to use enjambment to create surprising syntactic garden paths)
notes from wip
(research for a new computer-generated asemic piece. the issue I'm running into is that I'm only really interested in lines when they're cutting syntax and/or sound, which means I have to have a consistent methodology for introducing something analogous to syntax and/or sound into the glyph generation process)
Changes are coming to pip, #Python's package installation tool, in October 2020. 2min20sec explanation video featuring people who work on pip:
Sign up for user experience studies: https://bit.ly/pip-ux-studies
(also I did not pick a great camera angle hahaha whoops)
here's a recording of big ol' lecture I wrote & delivered for BMOLab and Vector Institute last month, entitled "Language Models and Poetics," in which I claim that computers not only *can* generate poetry, but in fact they can *only* generate poetry.
the discussion touches on GPT-n (of course), speech act theory, William Carlos Williams' _Spring and All_, Frank Lantz (twice), and more 🎶
(the audio didn't come out great, happy to supply text/slides to interested folks)
boost from birdsite, nitter link, open source and Python documentation
We've been working on a Sphinx extension that lets you write Sphinx docs in 💯 markdown (incl. roles and directives).
We call it "MyST Markdown" (for "Markedly Structured Text").
Give it a shot, and please give feedback!
research idea: a reading of Sixpence None The Richer's "Kiss Me" as a Christian alt-rock adaptation of the Han dynasty poem translated as "The Beautiful Toilet" by Ezra Pound:
The grass by the river bank,
The willow trees in the garden.
The lady in the tower.
(this is Arthur Waley's translation, published in "implied rebuke" to Pound's more, uh, inventive translation in _Cathay_, see Eric Hayot's "Critical Dreams" p. 520, https://www.jstor.org/stable/441950)
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