Time for #WordHack 4th anniversary
Open projector first
Andrew Bader and Ross Goodwin put this bot together last week. Moving to LA next week. (boo) it's called @DeadEndings on Twitter. It posts the last lines from books on headstones. It doesn't tell you the title, to avoid spoilers.
Ross very dramatically reads "Now will you let me out of this jacket so I can smoke a cigarette?" Imagines it's the person in the grave saying that
A project at the School for Poetic Computation last year. The Museum of Almost Realities, objects that hold memories or the ghosts of possible futures.
"This is the license plate of the car that didn't hit you"
"This is the coffee cup you were holding when you chose to value stability over freedom"
It's like a meditation session while we're looking at meditation products on Amazon
It's guided visualizations and it seems overdone to me, there's a golden staircase to a garden with really specific flowers. You have a feeling of complete tranquility
Eventually you come upon a twin "flame" that's you and you want to listen to them. The products on amazon specify that they are twin flame type meditation
Anastasis Germando needs two volunteers to simulate a romantic relationship by reading dialog from two phones. The idea is that eventually there'll be a performance of this where people go through an entire relationship and a breakup and the computer writes all of it
"I invite you to my birthday party and instruct you to lie about how we met"
I'll post a bit of video later #WordHack
Ross Goodwin reads a poem
"somewhere in the street I can see the trees begin"
It's pretty abstract and I have a hard time following it
"the night is part of the black hole in the trail"
I don't know if this is proc gen or what
"it never becomes the summer of our lives"
It was generated from a picture of a clock. No comment on the algorithm used
Reads another one generated from a Rochko painting that repeatedly reports on the status of the sun
"in the middle of the place, the moon is opened with the human for"
"all the time, the sun is wheeling out of a dark, bright, ground"
Then Ross says goodbye to WordHack New York. But planning to start a new chapter in LA
It's sort of pointless to describe but here's Sara livecoding a random dots effect into random groups of dots
Next person's Ian Hatcher
Doing a reading where they're robotically informing all of us that we're becoming a for-profit corporation
"in this. Dog. Eat. Dog. World. Babycastles gallery does have one significant advantage. It is a cat! Ha. Ha. Ha."
So the corporate overlords want us to get more strategic about our personal and, thus, professional networks. And has an algorithm for it
We'll get emails assigning us acquaintances to reach out to, dossiers of who to Accidentally meet
"Thank you in advance for following our instructions exactly as we provide them."
"as we strive to make digital art the dominant form of art that is bought and sold in New York and beyond."
Allison Parrish!! @aparrish
Her new display is controlled by a Korg device with a bunch of knobs and sliders. But it is still text
It's named Victor Tightrope, an interface for live text compnsition/performance based on vector arithmetic
Uses a 50 dimensional combined semantic/phonetic vector to represent words. You apply filters just like image filters to these. The controller controls those filters
Jamie Brew's Botnik performance was songs generated by mashing corpuses together in predictive keyboards. Morrissey, Dylan, Bowie, Amazon reviews, and a textbook on materials science all figured. I got a video of the whole thing, will upload somewhere when I get home
I mistakenly posted one of the performances outside of this thread, here it is https://mastodon.babycastles.com/@LogicalDash/100410052068899254
Here is video of the first minute or so of Anastasis' piece, performed by volunteers who didn't announce their names #WordHack