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Electronic Poetry Sculpture

1982 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coauthor: Theo Botschuijver

Production: Eventstructure Research Group, Amsterdam

Electronic Poetry Sculpture is an unrealized project for the new public library in Den Helder. The electronic sculpture is able to manipulate words so as to create a display of continuously changing poetic text, which the words it uses are input by visitors to the library.

The computer keeps a store of approx. 400 words. These words are classified grammatically into nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc. The computer randomly chooses words out of this store, and combines them to make sentences. The computer uses various grammatic forms of sentence construction, and links words from one sentence to the next for continuity. In this way the computer is able to generate continuously changing poetic texts with virtually no repetition.