Reading | Using Electricity

Celebratory reading by authors and editor of the new series of USING ELECTRICITY computer-generated books from Counterpath Press.

Artist Ranjit Bhatnagar will read from Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron, a book of sonnets using a program he devised for finding iambic pentameter in "Twitter's endless torrent."

Language hacker and programmer Li Zilles will read from Machine, Unlearning, which uses litanies of computer-generated questions to magnify cultural assumptions embedded in machine-learning and data analysis.

Series editor Nick Montfort (MIT) will read from Argentinian author and teacher Milt Laúfer's novel, A Noise Such as a Man Might Make, a "history of a dying model of manhood, the now troubled paradigm of men as warriors and survivors," and from his own new computer-generated novel Hard West Turn (Bad Quarto 2018), about gun violence in the United States. 

Earlier today, the authors will visit the RISD Sound Poetry class to hear and respond to a sample of student compositions (Old RISD Library College Building 521, 2:45-4pm).   

Counterpath's USING ELECTRICITY series takes its title from Alison Knowles and James Tenney's iconic FORTRAN poem "A House of Dust" (1967). This second set of books was published in September 2018.

These events are supported by RISD Division of Liberal Arts Humanities Fund, RISD Digital+Media, RISD Computation, Technology and Culture Concentration, and Brown University Literary Arts and Digital Language Arts. 

Free and open to the community.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

College Building, Old Library (Room 521)
2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903

Event Type

Performance or Concert


Digital + Media, Literary Arts + Studies, Computation, Technology and Culture

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