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

April Soderman

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"

That's the end of open projector

Christopher Clary

Grabbed some videos from cam4, a site where people masturbate on camera

But he just grabs the dialog that happens during these, reads half himself, assigns the other half to text-to-speech on his laptop

All done next to a still of, presumably, the other party (all appear male)

The TTS doesn't understand that MMMMMM is continuous, it says ememememem

Claire DeNado

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

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


After the intermission we have Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo

In a band that does algoraves where they live code the music.

Big tool: La Habra, which mulches together svg and css into things that should not be

Works in ClojureScript a lot

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

Here's the rest of my video from WordHack 4th anniversary

Includes the full Botnik performance by James Brew, much of Allison Parish's, and a bit of Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo's

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