TU Braunschweig
Öffentliche Veranstaltung: Automation and Creativity: Practice, Aesthetics and Reception of the Digital in Music and Literature (Online Conference) - Forum
Donnerstag, 8. Oktober 2020 | Thursday, October 8, 2020
11:20–11:40 Screening
11:40–12:20 Discussion (w/ Lorenz Engell)



Abstract
Since Renaissance-era Lullism, the history of computational and computer-generated literature has been one of dead ends which were reflected among others by Jonathan Swift, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Franz Josef Czernin, and more recently in the fields of Internet and Deep Learning-based literature. These crises and dead ends have their root in what I would propose to call the kaleidoscope constraint of literary computation. The historical development of computational methods and technology from simple combinatorics via Markov chains to neural networks did not lift this constraint, since it only brought (to borrow from finance) quantitative easing of a qualitative problem. - In the course of sketching this history, I would also like to put some question marks behind common understandings of "digital" and "creativity".


Florian Cramer, reader in 21st Century Visual Culture/Autonomous Art and Design Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy & Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Studied Comparative Literature and Art History in Berlin, Konstanz and Amherst, Massachusetts (M.A. 1999, Dr. phil. 2006), lecturer in Comparative Literature at Peter-Szondi-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, 1999-2004. Selected publications: Exe.cut(up)able statements: poetische Kalküle und Phantasmen des selbstausführenden Texts. Wilhelm Fink, 2011; “What Is ‘Post-Digital’?” Postdigital Aesthetics, edited by David M. Berry and Michael Dieter, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2015, pp. 12–26; Chun, Wendy, Steyerl, Hito, Cramer, Florian, Apprich, Clemens. Pattern Discrimination. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

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