Computational Art

April 5th, 2016

Wouter Beek (w.g.j.beek@vu.nl)

Electric Body Manipulation as Performance Art

Arthur Elsenaar & Remko Scha, 2002

Stephen Grey, 1730, discovery of electrical induction
“Finally his entire body was bathed in light and surrounded in the manner sometimes used to depict the glory of a saint by encircling him in rays of light.”

Eusebio Sguario, 1746, Dell’elettricismo

Electric Venus

Immediate art: art experience that does not involve the perception of an external object through the senses

Edwin David on behalf of the State of New York, 1890, untitled

Thomas Edison, 1903, Electrocuting an Elephant

Duchenne de Boulogne, 1862, Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine ou Analyse Électro-Physiologique de l’Expression des Passions

Arthur Elsenaar, 2012, Artifacial

Computational pictorial art

Harold Cohen & AARON, 1968-1973, 040501

Computational poetry

Unknown, 2011, untitled

Raymond Queneau, 1961, Cent mille milliards de poèmes

Generates more poetry than has ever been written

Matthijs de Castelein, 1548, De Const van Rhetoriken

Not about the poem itself, but about the realm of possible poems it represents

Recursive acronym

GNU
GNU's Not Unix
EINE
EINE is not Emacs
ZWEI
ZWEI Was EINE Initially

KDE, PNG, RPM, PINE, Wine, YAML, PHP, SPARQL

Mutually recursive acronym

  • HURD := HIRD of Unix-Replacing Daemons
  • HIRD := HURD of Interfaces Representing Depth
  • Brain := Brian Relates Any Independent Node
  • Brian := Brain Implements A Network

Samuel Beckett, 1953, Watt

As for his feet, sometimes he wore on each a sock, or on the one a sock and on the other a stocking, or a boot, or a shoe, or a slipper, or a sock and a boot, or a sock and a shoe, or a sock and a slipper, or a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometimes he wore on each a stocking, or on the one a stocking and on the other a boot, or a shoe, or a slipper, or a sock and a boot, or a sock and shoe, or a sock and slipper, or a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometimes he wore on each a boot, or on the one a boot and on the other a shoe, or a slipper, or a sock and boot, or a sock and shoe, or a sock and slipper, or a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometime he wore on each a shoe, or on the one a shoe and on the other a slipper, or a sock and boot, or a sock and shoe, or a sock and slipper, or a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper or nothing at all. And sometimes he wore on each a slipper, or on the one a slipper and on the other a sock and boot, or a sock and shoe, or a sock and slipper, or a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometime he wore on each a sock and boot, or on the one a sock and boot and on the other a sock and shoe, or a sock and slipper, or a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometimes he wore on each a sock and shoe, or on the one a sock and shoe and on the other a sock and slipper, or a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometimes he wore on each a sock and slipper, or on the one a sock and slipper and on the other a stocking and boot, or a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometimes he wore on each a stocking and boot, or on the one a stocking and boot and on the other a stocking and shoe, or a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometime he wore on each a stocking and shoe, or on the one a stocking and shoe and on the other a stocking and slipper, or nothing at all. And sometimes he wore on each a stocking and slipper, or on the one a stocking and slipper and on the other nothing at all. And sometimes he went barefoot.

Namen of U.K. military operations

Computer-generated

  • “Herrick”, Afghanistan, 2001
  • “Telic”, Irak-oorlog 2003
  • “Ellamy”, Libië-missie 2011

Lipogram

Een vreemde heerscher betreedt BERTHES erfdeel. Geen der edelen wederspreekt des wreeden WERNERS recht, het recht des sterksten. De vreemde heerscher, ten zetel der Wenden verheven, geeft het bevel [...]

BERME vergeet het geleden leed : de Hemel verleent zegen en vrede, en hetgeen de legende wegens hen vermeldt neemt een
END.

LENNEP, den zevenden September.

“The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself of the chains that shackle the spirit... the arbitrariness of the constraint only serves to obtain precision of execution.”

Igor Stravinsky

Computational literary analysis

Benedikt Löwe et al, 2009, “Identifying the structure of a narrative via an agent-based logic of preferences and beliefs: Formalizations of episodes from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation™”

Flarf

What is Flarf?

A 2nd degree ready-made using search results.

Ara Shirinyan, 2008, “Your Country is Great”

Hsia Yu, 2007, Pink Noise

6. They always liken each other again soon

They always liked each other again soon just as they did before
This only made them like each other all the more
That's because it often rained without measure
They did so only when it poured

6. 他們很快再總互相喜歡

他們很快再總互相喜歡如同他們以前做了

這更加只做了他們像彼此

那是因為沒有措施經常下了雨

他們如此只當它傾吐了

6. Ze snel weer totaal op elkaar zoals ze eerder hebben gedaan

Ze snel weer totaal op elkaar zoals ze eerder hebben gedaan

Dit is alleen van ze houden elkaar meer

Dat is omdat er geen maatregel vaker onder de regen

Ze zijn dus alleen wanneer het wordt gegoten

6. Ils comparent toujours se revoir bientôt

Ils ont toujours aimé se revoir bientôt comme ils le faisaient avant

Ce que fit comme l'autre d'autant plus

C'est parce qu'il pleuvait souvent sans mesure

Ils l'ont fait seulement quand il pleuvait

Flarf shows how the injunction against the sentence, paragraph, narrative, and even discourse from the Language school intersects with actual conditions of language use. Any such thing as stylistic norms in the avant-garde must inevitably intersect with “life”.

Barrett Watten, 2007, The Grand Piano

Unknown, untitled

Nada Gorden, 2011, “droop loss slave”