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Saturday, September 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
AI x LITERATURE: Poetry Is a Machine

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How does the algorithmic contour the lyrical? Nearly a century ago, William Carlos Williams declared, “A poem is a small (or large) machine made out of words.” As artificial intelligence becomes a writing tool, his words take on a new resonance. Some critics of algorithmic literature decry the incursion of automation into this essentially human creative practice. Yet there is a long history of literature composed by, with, and for machines, from Ramon Llull’s combinatorial mysticism in the 13th century to Pāṇini’s pioneering work in generative grammar to the avant-garde poetry of Dada and OuLiPo. With an eye on this history, and one on the future, this panel examines the intersection of code with literary language, the computational remaking of one our earliest mnemonic technologies, and the algorithmic resurrection of style.  

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Clara Blume

Curatorial Co-Director, The Grid: Exposure
Clara Blume, PhD is Deputy Director and Head of Art, Science, and Technology at Open Austria, the Austrian Consulate and innovation office in Silicon Valley. She curates and promotes artistic projects at the intersection of art + tech while bridging Austria with the innovation ecosystem... Read More →
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Vanessa Chang

Curatorial Co-Director, The Grid: Exposure
As a curator, writer, scholar, and educator, Vanessa Chang builds communities and conversations about art, technology, and human bodies. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University, and teaches in the Visual & Critical Studies program at California College... Read More →

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Bryan McCann

Cofounder | CTO, Stealth AI Startup
Previously, I was a Lead Research Scientist at Salesforce Research in Palo Alto where I worked on Deep Learning and its applications to Natural Language Processing. My job was mostly to advance the field of NLP and make difficult new directions seem possible and worthwhile to others... Read More →
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Andrew Piper

Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University
I am the director of .txtlab, a laboratory for cultural analytics at McGill University. We explore the use of computational approaches for the study of literature and culture. Our aim is to use the tools of data science, network analysis and machine learning to promote a more inclusive... Read More →

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Clemens J. Setz

Clemens J. Setz, born 1982, lives in Vienna. Since 2007 he has published a number of novels, short story collections and plays. His novel “Indigo” was translated into English in 2014. In 2020 he received the Heinrich von Kleist Prize for his work.
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Kat Mustatea

Kat Mustatea is an imagination engine whose tech-native storytelling stretches theater into the digital age. She has written plays in which people turn into lizards, a woman has a sexual relationship with a swan, and a one-eyed cyclops tries to fit into Manhattan society by getting... Read More →
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M Eifler

M Eifler is an artist and researcher working in sculptural proliferation, speculative archives, and computational prosthetics. Their body, disabled, non-binary, queer, white and living as a guest of Turtle Island, informs anti-disciplinary work exploring ecotones, in-betweens, chimeras... Read More →
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Vikram Chandra

Author, Technologist, Founder, UC Berkeley / Granthika
Vikram Chandra’s first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, was published in 1995. The book won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Love and Longing in Bombay, was published in 1997.  Love and... Read More →

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Saturday September 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT