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Computational Models of the Poetic Avant-Garde

Fri lecture by Allison Parrish on 23 Nov 14.00-16.00 the big Auditorium, Building 5510-103, INCUBA Science Park; Åbogade

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Friday 23 November 2018,  at 14:00 - 16:00


A great deal of current research on the "problem" of modeling poetry computationally focuses purely on imitation: how to make a computer program that writes poems that resemble those of existing poets or well-known styles and forms. Drawing on her own research and practice, Allison Parrish will present an alternative view: that computational models have the potential not only to facilitate understanding of historical avant-garde poetic practices, but to enable new experimental approaches to poetic composition that move beyond mere verisimilitude. The lecture will address the broader question of the link between computational techniques and creativity both historically and in a contemporary context.



Allison is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computational creativity. She is a Teacher at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she earned her master's degree in 2008.

Named "Best Maker of Poetry Bots" by the Village Voice in 2016, Allison's computer-generated poetry has recently been published in Ninth Letter and Vetch. She is the author of "@Everyword: The Book" (Instar, 2015), which collects the output of her popular long-term automated writing project that tweeted every word in the English language. The word game "Rewordable," designed by Allison in collaboration with Adam Simon and Tim Szetela, was published by Penguin Random House in August 2017 after a successful round of Kickstarter funding. Her first full-length book of computer-generated poetry, "Articulations," was published by Counterpath in 2018.
More info: https://www.decontextualize.com/


The talk is supported by Humans and IT Research Centre, Department of Digital Design and Information Studies and Digital Aesthetics Research Center at the Aarhus University.