Im Buchstabenfeld, Neue Galerie, Graz, 7.10. - 25.11. 2001
ArtgendaTV, Hamburg, 7. - 23. 6. 2002
Typologie, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 7.7. 2002 - 31. 6. 2003
Belluard Bollwerk International BBI, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2003
Deaf03: Data Knitting, V2 organisatie, Rotterdam, 2003
Algorithmic Revolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2004
10. International Computer Arts Festival, Maribor, Slovenia, 2004
Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, Belgium, 2005
The visitor enters a dimly lit room. On
a projection screen runs the text that is written by nobody. The keys of
the keyboard move as if by a ghost's hand. A monotone, mechanical voice
reads out the generated text, sentence by sentence.
Without the public nearby, the system writes
quickly and fluently. Thunderstorm of letters. Incessantly, one word follows
the other. When visitors approach, the text generator staggers, hesitates,
at times grows completely silent. The system leaves the scene to the observer
and invites him to strike the keys himself. If he enters text, it appears
on the screen like the machine's. Poetry Machine takes up his text
and associates starting with his words. The flow of texts in the interplay
between the human and the machine doesn't cease.
If the user's input contains words that
are still unknown to Poetry Machine, the program sends autonomous
"bots" into the internet to get appropriate informations. They evaluate
the material found and feed the resulting data back into the system. The
search process of the "bots" can be followed on a second screen. Visited
sites, their valuation and the documents found are shown.
Poetry Machine is a text generator
based on semantic networks. The generation of the texts doesn't take place
by statically scripted answering modules. What it expresses is therefore
also new to its author. When the machine starts, its database is empty.
Machine begins as tabula rasa. The software transforms texts
into networks of semantic relationships on one hand, on the other into
syntactical frames. Neural shots through these networks and their transmission
through semantic relationships that are especially strong create an associative
material that generates sentences about an actual topic when inserted into
the syntactical frames.
German catalogue text
Poetry Machine. An installation
by David Link.
Technical support: Stefan Doepner, Lars
Vaupel (f18), Robert O'Kane.
Coproduced by: ZKM, Karlsruhe; Neue Galerie, Graz; Kunststiftung NRW.