Hacking Language: Bots, IF and Esolangs
Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
At the frontiers of computing and language, new developments are producing shock waves that have yet to hit the mainstream. Automated tweeters relate every word in the dictionary and assemble sonnets out of the metrical, rhyming tweets of others. Interactive fiction connects wordplay and world-building and models the social norms of the Regency romance. Coders develop languages that are programmed with images, recipes, and Shakespearean-style plays. This panel will consider the fundamental questions about computing and language that these projects are raising, explore exactly how these provocations operate, and look at how new projects relate to each other.
Digital Creative Writer-in-Residence
Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn. Her teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers me...Show the rest
Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn. Her teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet. She holds a masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications program and BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. Allison's recent book, "@Everyword: The Book" (Instar Books, 2015), collects every tweet from @everyword, a Twitter bot she made that tweeted every word in the English language over the course of seven years—attracting over 100,000 followers along the way.
Allison has held fellowships and residencies with the Processing Foundation, the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU, and Recurse Center in New York City. She has been invited to present and speak about work at such venues as Eyeo, ProcJam, OSCON, PyGotham and IndieCade East. Allison is currently the Digital Creative Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University and an adjunct professor at ITP, where she teaches a course on writing computer programs that generate poetry.Hide the rest
Artist & Programmer
Game Designer & Consultant
Assoc Professor of digital media
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nick Montfort develops computational art and poetry, often collaboratively. He is on the faculty at MIT and has a naming firm, Nomnym. Montfort wrote the books of poems #! and Riddle & Bind and co-...Show the rest
Nick Montfort develops computational art and poetry, often collaboratively. He is on the faculty at MIT and has a naming firm, Nomnym. Montfort wrote the books of poems #! and Riddle & Bind and co-wrote 2002: A Palindrome Story; 2×6 is coming soon. His more than fifty digital projects include the collaborations The Deletionist and Sea and Spar Between. The MIT Press published four of his collaborative and individual books: The New Media Reader (an edited volume), Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, with Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities coming soon.Hide the rest