KIBLIX 2021 / Workshops
Igor Štromajer: 3ixFń-Qé3= = Miá +
Algorithmic and procedurally generated poetry workshop
9 and 16 March 2021, 6–8 p.m.
Web Platform ZOOM
The workshop is of a practical nature, which means that the emphasis is on the participants' practical work. A short introduction to the workshop includes information on the history and development of automated author writing and machines in general. It provides participants with an insight into the prehistory of algorithmic poetry and procedural art writing.
The workshop's central part is a practical demonstration of the operation of computer algorithms with an emphasis on those that are, even modified, suitable for literature and literary creation. Participants first learn computer and programming basics, then engage in practical work, various programming methods, combining, selecting, and composing algorithmic poetry. The second part focuses on procedurally generated computer poetry, the use of a variety of technologies, formats, word processors, applications, and other software and web tools available to create this type of literature. During the workshop, the participants prepare their own short or long attempts at algorithmic or procedurally-generated poetry, which we then discuss together, try to evaluate, and put into context. This workshop is the most extended, most practical, and at the same time the most personal part of the workshop, as it presupposes individual treatment with the participation of all participants.
In conclusion, we also review some practical examples of world-renowned authors of this kind of literature, especially poetry, and we also have some excellent examples in Slovenia.
No computer or programming knowledge is required to participate in the workshop; only a computer, an Internet connection, any browser, and any text editor are enough. The workshops consist of two meetings, each lasting two hours, and will take place through the online platform ZOOM. Applications are open until 5 March at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation is free of charge.
9 March 2021, ZOOM link: https://zoom.us/j/92241813532
16 March 2021, ZOOM link: https://zoom.us/j/99960344280
Igor Štromajer (intima.org + intima.info) is an intimate mobile communicator with participation in various exhibitions and festivals worldwide. His opus includes more than a 100 works and projects presented at more than 250 exhibitions, biennials, and festivals in 60 countries (Transmediale, ISEA, EMAF, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica Futurelab, V2, IMPAKT, CYNETART, Manifesta, FILE, Stuttgarter Filmw Kunsthalle, ARCO, Microwave, Banff Center, Les Rencontres Internationales, The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale, etc.). He has received several awards for his work (Frankfurt, Moscow, Hamburg, Dresden, Belfort, Madrid, Maribor, Podgorica). His works, through purchases, are kept in their permanent collections by top art institutions (including Le Center national d'art et de Culture Georges Pompidou - Musee national d'art moderne in Paris, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Computerfinearts Gallery - net and media art collection in New York and Umetnostna galerija v Mariboru). As a guest artist, he lectures at universities and institutes of contemporary art around the world. Štromajer is engaged in research into online art, computer-generated poetry and prose, multimedia and intermedia works, dystopian emotions, and emotional states arising from the inability to communicate. In his works, he establishes strategies of unreasonable resistance and offers unsuccessful tactics of overcoming political anxiety.
intima.org | intima.info
Workshops are part of KIBLA's educational program, co-financed by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Maribor.
Festival KIBLIX 2020–2021 is part of project RUK (2019–2022). RUK is a network of art and culture research centers on the crossroads of art, science, and technology. The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.