Keyword: Language


The Readers Project

„The Readers Project is a collection of distributed, performative, quasi-autonomous poetic ‚readers‘ — active, procedural entities with distinct reading behaviors and strategies. […] Each reader follows traces of linguistic and poetic structure — symbolic idealities — that define their specific focus of attention. Since the their behaviors are derived from a necessarily partial, aesthetically implicated analysis of human reading, they explore and reveal certain contours and outlines of linguistic materiality’s ‚other dimensions‘, in work that we propose to be significant, affective, and literary.“

The Giver of Names / David Rokeby

„… is quite simply, a computer system that gives objects names.“

„ is a collaborative, community activity with a mission to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data on the Internet, on web pages, in email messages, and beyond.“

Definitions / Bryan Ma

„It utilizes the ability of computers to comprehend semantic meaning via „common-sense networks“ to poetically represent the socio-cultural effects of natural language processing.“

Library of Babel / Jonathan Basile

„If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters, including lower case letters, space, comma, and period. Thus, it would contain every book that ever has been written, and every book that ever could be – including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on. At present it contains all possible pages of 3200 characters, about 104677 books.“

Also, the principle applied to image data:

Micro Visualisations / Jonas Parnow

„How can Micro Visualisations enhance text comprehension, memorability, and exploitation?“

Prepositiontools / Martin Avila

„…I designed prepositiontools to explore the potential of grammatical prepositions to analyse, ideate and materialise design proposals…“

Bicycle for Two Thousand / Aaron Koblin, Daniel Massey

…is comprised of over 2,000 voice recordings collected via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk web service.

Mikko Kuorinki

„All the words from Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things: An Archaelogy of the Human Sciences in alphabetical order.“

World map with washed out geography.

Common Sense Computing / ConceptNet

MIT project to develop a collection (a „hypergraph“) of „Common Sense Knowledge“. „To improve computers‘ understanding of the world that people live in and talk about, we need to provide them with usable knowledge about the basic relationships between things that nearly every person knows.“ The data set is free to download and explorable online.

Descriptive Camera / Matt Richardson

The camera produces no image but a textual description of the motive, written by some strange user of Mechanical Turk web service.

Prototype theory / Labov Experiment

Labov investigated the borders of words and concepts and the working of categorization in everyday communication. In a study drawings of „containers“ with different formal characteristics where shown to participants. They had to assign them with either „cup“, „bowl“ or „vase“. The decision gradually changed when they where asked to imagine the object filled with flowers or mashed potatoes for example. The categorization seems to be context dependent and fuzzy. Prototype theory in general states that we imagine categories of things around a strong member or representative of the category. It often refers to Wittgenstein’s concept of „Familienähnlichkeit“ (family likeness).

Uta Eisenreich

„My work investigates problems related to order. In a reality that is constantly leaking over the borders of comprehension, the attempt to establish an order has to result in a struggle, that is both hilarious and tragic.
Most works evolve around game structures. A game accommodates regulative order alongside euphoric disarray.“

Poetry Machine / David Link