Tot Later BBA – feest!

September 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Tot Later in de versie van de Bezige Bij Antwerpen werd feestelijk gelanceerd in Ateliers Mommen op 14 september 2013.
Met dank aan iedereen die erbij was!

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Scanning Neel Doff – print & OCR qualities

July 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

In order to be able to remix the work of Neel Doff, the content of the old books needs to be converted in plain text-files. Therefore, I used a bookscanner, I would have loved to use this one, but it needs some repairing; and an OCR-software that turns the image into legible text.

There is a direct relationship between the history of printing techniques and the quality of the final text-file. Could it be an interesting topic for a research project one day? For the moment, comparing the results is already an adventure. » Read the rest of this entry «

Scanning Neel Doff – from pdf to text

July 23rd, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

After the consumer-like scanning process of two books of Neel Doff, I thought I was in heaven. The pdf that it gives as result is neat, keeps the nice texture of the old book and reads very well on an e-reader.
But to make this work accessible for machinal agents, the text needs to be non-formatted in a plain text-file. » Read the rest of this entry «

Literature & Snakes

July 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


From 22nd July to 27th July French programmer and artist Olivier Heinry and me are in residency in Constant Variable, to explore the connections between literary creation and Python, a programming language that allows for scripting, text analysis and much more.
Olivier focusses on remixing spam and reusing the spam networks as alternative publishing platforms for ficticious authors who write using artistic algorithms. I take on the development of Neel Dorpf, a female literary spammer whose work is focused on mirroring the letters of contemporary women who offer their services by mail in the naturalist portraits of the characters of Neel Doff’s texts, who offer their services in order to survive. This residency was inspired by the worksessions of Algolit.

We present the results of this week’s work on Saturday during a Kitchen Table Presentation, from 19h onwards! Bring food & drinks.

Notes on the fly:

Scanning Neel Doff

July 23rd, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Editions de la Toison d'Or, Bruxelles, 1943

Editions de la Toison d’Or, Bruxelles, 1943

Body with cut spine

Body with cut spine

Last Friday I spent some time with Michael Korntheuer from Hackerspace Brussels in order to digitize two books written by Neel Doff, a Brussels author whose work has been welcomed in the public domain this year and whose work I’m trying to get read by machinal agents during a residency with Olivier Heinry in Variable.
We scanned Keetje, an edition on dusty yellowish paper of 1954 by the Brussels publisher La Renaissance du Livre; and Jours de Famine et de Détresse, an edition on even more fragile paper of 1943 by another Brussels publisher Editions de la Toison d’Or. It caused some problems but in the end it worked and I finally uploaded the books and became a volunteer to the Gutenberg Project! Thanks, Michael. » Read the rest of this entry «

Languages come & go, but algorithms stand the test of time

June 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ceci est un reflet du rapport collectif qui devrait être fait par le secrétaire défénitivement provisoire Etherpad, lors de la 2e rencontre d’Algolit du 27 au 29 mai 2013 au Belouvrage à Nantes, qui était focalisé sur le travail d’Oulipo.
Après une balade organisée par Nicolas Malevé dans les spirales de l’histoire de l’algoritme, on s’est plongé dans le sofa avec notre bibliographie oulipienne, on a analysé de près quelques recettes et finalement, on a décidé d’essayer de vider le poulet de façon digitale. Finalement, on a constaté que la recette des rencontres Oulipiennes nous pourrait servir aussi. » Read the rest of this entry «

Un algoritme doit être vu pour être cru

June 14th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Lors d’une rencontre Algolit à Nantes, Nicolas Malevé a partagé des idées qu’il avait ressemblées pour un cours à l’ERG. » Read the rest of this entry «

#i-literature @Atlantide

June 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Le 1er juin à Nantes j’ai assisté à la seule intervention sur la littérature numérique au sein de la première édition du festival littéraire Atlantide à Nantes.

L’intervenante était… Catherine Lenoble qui m’avait invitée au même moment pour une intervention autour du même sujet. Les exemples et les références qu’elle a fournis me sont très chers, en plus qu’ils se trouvent en ligne. A explorer!

Redocumentation & Repensées

June 10th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

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Le 30 mai 2013 j’ai été invitée pour parler de mes expériences en littérature numériques lors d’un cycle de rencontres organisé par Catherine Lenoble et Guénaël Boutouillet. Dans le cadre du cycle ils font ce qu’ils appellent la ‘redocumentation’. Quelle source de richesse : toute intervention est enregistrée sur vidéo, mais vous y retrouvez aussi le lien vers ma présentation même et quelques commentaires:
tout comme des interventions passionnantes par Olivier Ertszscheid et Laurent Neyssensas sur L’état des lieu du web citoyen et marchand et de Lionel Maurel sur les Copy-partys.

Afin de compléter ce bel article j’aimerais bien écrire quelques lignes sur l’expérience qui a suivie mon intervention. L’après-midi une quinzaine de femmes ont participé à un atelier d’écriture collaborative en utilisant l’outil libre et en ligne Etherpad. » Read the rest of this entry «

The Identity of Trees

March 7th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

workshop_id_kl In the framework of Bessst, a silence program organised by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, artists Heath Bunting (irational), Rasa Alksnyte (FoAM) and An Mertens (Constant) welcome fifteen people to participate in a 2-days workshop to meet some particular trees and discuss their identities in such a way you’ll never forget them anymore.

Through questions we deal with daily, we look into the integration of trees as arborescal personas in our society, lives and language.
What’s your name? Where do you live? When were you born? Where do you come from? How long have you been living here? How did you arrive here? What is your mother tongue? Do you have any persons in charge? Are you married? Living together with a partner, family or friends?
We formulate possible answers, invent suitful concepts and words and think through the consequences of integrating such persona in our lives and societies. By the end of the workshop we will have gathered some exciting new stories. By sharing these during Erfgoeddag on 21-4 and Zoniënmars on 28-4 we will have save the first trees out of their anonimity. » Read the rest of this entry «