index2018-10-26

Week 1 ~ writing on the grid

Link to Sketch #1 GitHub files here.

For my first sketch I decided to work with a text from a meme.

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With ANSI I wanted to try making sense out of this text that for reasons unknown makes no sense at all. I decided to break up the text into words or phrases that made sense on their own. I then injected the phrases into Google search to see what the suggested searches were. I chose a suggested search for each term and added it to my code. The idea here was to have the searches pop up at random points on the grid and eventually pull the meme out of the scattered mess of phrases.

Readings:

Code hidden in Stone Age art may be the root of human writing

The Upright Script: Words in Space and on the Page

Wondering, in order to “activate the relation between form and material content” what does a new lexicon for poets look like? Does it just mean that a data poet’s lexicon is to include the structure and language of data itself? Could it also include the speed at which data travels or hints at the physical infrastructure needed for data to even exist?

Previously to this reading I have thought a good amount about what the internet looks like. In other words, what does it take to make the internet, what is the physical structure of a network, where are all the servers, how do cables get put into the ocean, what was the internet before it was facebook and google etc. Amaranth Borsuk’s writing has inspired me to think about continuing this research as a collaboration in which I am working with the internet and the information it delivers.