ABSTRACTEvolution is an online artwork-in-progress designed to emulate the texts and music of poet and artist Johannes Heldén, with the ultimate goal of passing "The Imitation Game Test" as proposed by Alan Turing in 1951.
With Evolution we aim to examine and dissect the role of the author; when new poetry that resembles the work of the original author is created or presented through an algorithm, is it possible to make the distinction between "author" and "programmer"? And is it even relevant? When the work of the algorithm is extrapolated to the point where the original author becomes redundant, how does this affect copyright, legacy, future writings, etc?
The purpose of the work is not to deromanticize or deconstruct the role of the author, but is rather the ongoing exploration itself. Where will it take us, and perhaps more importantly, what will happen along the way?
The release of Evolution will mark the end of Johannes Heldén writing poetry books. He has, in a sense, been replaced.
THE APPLICATIONThe application analyzes a database of all the published text- and soundworks by the artist and generates a continuously evolving poem that simulates Heldén’s style: in vocabulary, the spacing in-between words, syntax.
The audio track is generated by an algorithm that layers the source material of the artist’s compositions in differing randomized lengths, fades and pitch; creating an evolving ambient drone.
Produced with financial support from
DocumentationThe print version of Evolution is out now on OEI editör, featuring the entirety of the code, the performance script and log as well as contributions by John Cayley, Maria Engberg, Jesper Olsson, Jonas Ingvarsson, Cecilia Lindhé and Jakob Lien.
Evolution is the winner of the N.Katherine Hayles Prize.