Considering that lockdown, everybody has actually had to rely greatly on digital technologies: be it Zoom work meetings and prolonged e-mail chains, video gaming and streaming services for entertainment, or social networks platforms to arrange everything from groceries to demonstrations. Human presence is now permeated by non-human computer language.
This consists of poetry. Digital innovations can share and release modern poetry, and also create it.
Digital artists integrate human and computer languages to produce digital poetry, which can be grouped into a minimum of 5 categories.
1. Generative poetry
Generative poems use a program or algorithm to produce poetic text from a database of words and phrases composed or collected by the digital poet.
The poem may run for a set duration, a set number of times, or indefinitely. Dial by Lai-Tze Fan and Nick Montfort, for instance, is a generative poem that represents networked, remote interaction. It portrays two separated voices took part in a dialogue over time. Time can be adjusted by clicking the clocks at the bottom of this emoji-embedded work.
The current web-based work Say Their Names! by digital artist John Barber creates a list from more than 5,000 names of Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans who have been eliminated by policeman in the United States from 2015 to the present day. No judgement concerning the victims’ guilt or innocence is made. Each name is simply spoken– in a sometimes incongruously pleasant tone– by a computerized voice.
2. Remixed poetry
Nick Montfort’s generative poem Taroko Gorge was influenced by a check out to Taroko Gorge in Taiwan.
Montfort composes: “If others could go to a location of natural beauty and write a poem about that location, why could not I write a poetry generator, instead?” Scott Rettberg then took the code from Montfort’s poem and changed the vocabulary to produce Tokyo Garage, turning Montfort’s minimalist nature poem into a maximalist metropolitan poem.
J.R. Carpenter undertook a similar transformation– changing the nature vocabulary with words related to consuming.
There are now dozens of Taroko Canyon remixes By inspecting the source of Montfort’s poem, one can carve into the code to remix one’s own version.
3. Visual verse
For centuries, poets have actually integrated poetry and images. In the late 1700 s, William Blake integrated poetry with engraved artwork in his conceptual collection Songs of Innocence