Category Archives: e-literature

Turbulence.org Commission: “text_ocean” by Zannah Marsh

Turbulence.org Commission: text_ocean by Zannah Marsh [Optimized for Google Chrome]:

text_ocean is an experiment in random access reading and text visualization, using Herman Melville’s notoriously impenetrable whalefishery epic Moby Dick as source material. Selections of the text are blown apart and become a dynamic sea of words, animated according to grammatical function. The user “reads” the text by ‘hooking’ and releasing words and, in the process, disconnects them from their original lines. Thus Moby Dick is slowly, randomly rewritten by the user, word by word, as she reads.

text_ocean is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

BIOGRAPHY

Zannah Marsh is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, educator, and programmer with an interest in narrative data and collaborative storytelling. She has taught multimedia art and design at New York University, the New School, and in the City University of New York system. Zannah was a resident researcher at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and she’s interned with the Creative Systems Group at Microsoft Research and with Area/Code Games in New York City. She also worked as an exhibit developer at the Museum of Science in Boston, producing internationally-traveling interactive exhibits. She has a MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (2009), and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2000).

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Turbulence.org Commission: “Making Love: Poetry In Motion” by OMTA

Turbulence.org Commission: Making Love: Poetry In Motion by OMTA (Omer and Tal Golan)

We cannot predict whom we will fall in love with, where s/he will be from, or in what language we will hear words that stir our emotions and excite us to our core. Poetry In Motion appropriates real time tweets about love from http://twitter.com and — by using semantic analysis algorithms — generates an endless, variable poem based on random choices made by each reader’s computer. Thus, Poetry In Motion relies on global telecommunications networks and social groups to crowdsource poetry and reveals all the love in the world at any given moment.

Making Love: Poetry In Motion is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation, now celebrating 50 years of the creative spirit of emerging artists.

BIOGRAPHY

Founded in 2006, OMTA is the artistic collaboration of international new-media artists Omer and Tal Golan. OMTA has exhibited in many countries including continuous representation at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and active participation in London and New York art galleries and features. OMTA collaborators are associate members of the Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology; current contributors to university curricula internationally; and have worked in cooperation with Google, Art-Link, and other companies. As forerunners in innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary research, OMTA creates artistic displays that encourage viewer participation, in order to conduct studies regarding human interaction, digital mediation, body image, and social awareness.

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Turbulence.org Commission: “A Travel Guide” by Allison Parrish

Turbulence.org Commission: A Travel Guide by Allison Parrish [Enable/Allow Geolocation in your browser, or not]:

A Travel Guide is a web-based, location-based, mobile-centric application for randomly creating short, poetic texts in the style of the travel guide. A Travel Guide has as its goal to give its visitors an alternate reading of place, through the serendipitous juxtaposition of their current location with evocative procedural text.

A Travel Guide is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation, now celebrating 50 years of the creative spirit of emerging artists.

BIOGRAPHY

Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet. Allison is currently the Digital Creative Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University and an adjunct professor/”something-in-residence” at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she teaches a course on writing computer programs that generate poetry.

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