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Narrative motors
2005

Abstract: Thinking about the computer as little more than a rather sophisticated typewriter leads to tremendous limitations: the resulting texts are not a reflection of the computer's intrinsic qualities but just a continuation of the history of mechanized writing. Nevertheless, new formats (and thus, new ways of telling stories) come with new media, even if not necessarily new themes. This text explores new ways of narrating by exploiting the qualitative differences between computer and paper, both considered as media.

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1,000,000,000,000,000 poems @ propost
with Carles Hac Mor and Ester Xargay (2000-2002)

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about machine poetry: a manifesto (2006)

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i didn't write that poem

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thinkflickrthink: a case study on strategic tagging
Abstract: The growth both in quantity and diversity of on-line communities across the World Wide
Web, along with a number of new technologies that enhance both social interaction and
content management, have bred an array of increasingly participatory practices. Users are
engaged in bustling environments in which they can express themselves and interact with
other users, creating and fostering all sorts of relationships, while uploading and sharing
multimedia contents. Such environments turn into vital territories for many of their users,
who can become extremely sensitive and protective of what they believe to be their
rights. Thus even a small, unfavorable change in the structure of the site or in its usage
policies can trigger discontent and active opposition. Actions performed by the site
administrators, such as the deletion of content or the suspension of user accounts, can be
perceived as abusive by the community and trigger outrage. In such situations, many
uncoordinated forms of spontaneous protest and defense can emerge from the network of
users. The creativity and effectiveness of these initiatives can vary greatly, with protests
ranging from discussions on forums and blogs, to site-blocking boycotts. This research
analyzes one particular protest strategy recently adopted by a number of users of Flickr, a
popular image-sharing site: the use of anti-censorship tags to make the protest visible
within the site itself.

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on fluid poetry
Abstract: Are there potential, non-explicit links between texts on the Web? If we think about the structure of human language as a relational machine, organized according to well-established linguistic relationships between words, then the answer is yes: besides the existence of explicit HTML hyperlinks, it is possible to associate texts through these relationships. However, the actualisation of such immanent links cannot rely on hypertext alone: they need specific processes of transformation in order to become apparent. The apparently loose “text-molecules” need to undergo a process of condensation so that they can come together into a droplet. Text-molecules, which are the main constituent of the Web, can be manipulated and brought together from their remote locations to a client computer by using different operations: a process which can be assimilated to condensation. For instance, text-molecules can automatically be retrieved from distant hypertext documents or databases and translated into other languages using on-line translation services; their words can be substituted by others belonging to the same semantic fields, and so on, in order to join previously separated “molecules” into small “liquid beads” of transformed text: a poetic change of state. In this article, I will use fluid metaphors to describe the inner workings of my piece, “Computer Aided Poetry”: a tool for transforming and manipulating texts which uses remote databases and services, considering the different processes involved in both its English and Spanish versions.

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speed dialogue about networks, borders and commitment
with geert lovink (2007)(original post)