April 28, 2004

Public Override Void: On Poetry Engines and Prosthetic Imaginations

by Nick Montfort · , 3:56 pm

A public conversation with Jim Carpenter, Bob Perelman, Jean-Michel Rabaté, and Nick Montfort, Thursday, April 29, 2004; 6:30-8:30pm at the Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut St, Philadelphia.

Slought Foundation presents “Public Override Void,” a vault installation
featuring Jim Carpenter’s Electronic Text Composition (ETC) project, on
display from April 17-May 20, 2004. The exhibit is curated by Aaron Levy and Jean-Michel Rabaté. The opening reception on Thursday
April 29, 2004 from 6:30-8:30pm has been organized in conjunction with a
live presentation by Carpenter and a public conversation between Bob
Perelman, Nick Montfort, and Jean-Michel Rabaté (50 min). The
installation includes self-service poetry stations and wall panels of
code, and takes its name (“Public Override Void”) from an actual string
of code embedded in the 25,000 line software program. [And yes, it sounds
similar to "Static Void," a book of sonnets produced using Gnoetry 0.1, but
that's a different poetry engine. -nm] The Electronic Text
Composition Project’s Poetry Engine is a suite of software components
that allow a user to generate aesthetic texts. Drawing word associations
from its language database of 85 million sentences, the Engine’s grammar
uses a probability-based approach to constructing syntactic constituents,
which it aggregates into utterances, which it in turn aggregates into
compositions. More information on the public conversation is available online.

2 Responses to “Public Override Void: On Poetry Engines and Prosthetic Imaginations”


  1. andrew Says:

    ‘self-service poetry’, ‘prosthetic imaginations’, very nice, gotta start using those phrases

  2. Grand Text Auto » ETC Hits the Web! Says:

    [...] Carpenter’s poetry generation project has surfaced here and there, for instance, at a Slought foundation exhibit and even [...]

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