Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Just measuring unconsciousness

If you recognise that line of poetry, you should head to Sea and Spar Between - two academics' automated spatial poetry generator, which uses as its source text poems by Emily Dickinson and Melville's god-as-whale novel Moby Dick.

It's reminiscent of concrete poetry and cut-up poetry: meaning isn't any longer dictated by the poet or even the computer: it's in the space between the words served up and your own cultural position.

It's addictive and hugely creative. The explanation is here. Unfortunately, I don't know if the effects work in Explorer: the page is much more than passive text.

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