[NetBehaviour] Otherwriting.online

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 20:30:11 CEST 2018


I like this! I'm not quite sure why. It's beautifully quick and smooth, 
which makes a change from a lot of other stuff on the Web, and when you 
type something in, you see the words you've typed appearing onscreen in 
fragments, in amongst all the other stuff, and feel as if you're somehow 
influencing the flow, but only very marginally, which is rather 
fascinating and, er, in a wierd way very true to life.

Edward

On 24/03/18 10:41, bjørn magnhildøen via NetBehaviour wrote:
> http://noemata.net/5501
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>     Otherwriting.online
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> Otherwriting.online <http://Otherwriting.online>
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> sort of an e-lit application, in the continuation of scripting the 
> other exhibition <http://theother.online/> at the wrong3 
> <http://thewrong.org>.
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> the idea is to build up a text, or a sense of meaning, starting from 
> random quantum foam.
>
> another idea is to use html code recursively to build a website out of 
> formless elements.
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> as you type or tap you engage with the thing and it will provide 
> tidbits of information related to your input.
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> it gains on you through your effort. after some minutes or more, you 
> might be able to hold some sort of meaningful dialogue, though the 
> thing would probably always try to derail you.
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> if you keep on, it might drive you nuts in the end. the density of 
> meaning eventually tops it over, as the dramatic structure increase 
> scroll and output, a danger of loss of meaning occurs and only a 
> uncanny scroll of potential meaning remains, biting its tail, a sort 
> of foam of meaning which nontheless remains meaningless, remains 
> unrealized, uncollapsed. here there are some inversions you might 
> figure out. is meaning a collapsed thing or and uncollapsed potential? 
> while the quantum foam a sort of collapsed realized nonsense?
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> not being a concept of evolution proper, since the user interacts with 
> the foam in a sort of divine intermission.
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> but from this interaction the foam starts to take shape, form 
> structures, words, sentences, meaning (though 'meaning' might be 
> embedded or projected into the foam just as well).
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> though not dealing with an ai here, the structuring out of foam, is 
> rather a bricolage thing hacked together - many and diverse 
> approaches, at hand or ad-hoc invented for the purpose of making 
> someting intriguing, something you, the user and participant, would 
> like to see running and might like to make use of in your own reading 
> or writing process.
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> in other words, it's about reading and writing, their entanglement, in 
> a process both nameless and disruptive, of self and other.
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> your input and output is entangled with the thing, if you look for 
> reflections you might glean together distorted elements into a self 
> writing, though it might be more useful to reflect on yourself as a 
> reader of your own interrupted processes of writing.
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> what you write are not only words but are also interpreted as commands 
> for the thing though the interface for this is invisible, a black box, 
> you won't know exactly what commands trigger what, though the code 
> might give some clues as to character, word, sentence classes of input.
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> it's a bricolage thing, messy coded on-the-go, meant as an ambivalent 
> interface to an other writing where you'd have to suspend some notions 
> of the reading-writing process.
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> it's most obvious predecessor is the "plaintext performance" 
> <http://adundas.noemata.net/epoetry2007/tate_exhibited_transcript_Plaintext%20Performance.htm> 
> application (e and eye, Tate Modern, London 
> <https://elmcip.net/event/e-and-eye-art-and-poetry-between-electronic-and-visual> 
> (noemata copy 
> <http://noemata.net/epoetry2007/eandeye_New%20Dreaming_tate.htm>); @ 
> BIOS symposium, West Virginia
> University <https://literarycomputing.wvu.edu/projects/bios>; 
> Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 2 
> <http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/magnhildoen_plaintextperformance.html>).
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>
> thanks to arts council norway <http://www.kulturradet.no/english> 
> which has partly funded the other writing project including the 
> scripting the other exhibition; and to sandy baldwin for recommending 
> it to the council.
>
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