A story from the Algorithmic Forest

March 4th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

This image gives an overview of existing techniques for text analysis. By drawing them as a forest, it becomes clear how their application resembles the ecological succession of a forest. In the Brussels process of Forêt de Soignes/Zoniënwoud, the forest came to existence thanks to pioneer species after the last Ice Age. These species can survive on very harsh soil. They grow fast. As they don’t need much to live, produce and reproduce, they are very efficient fertilizers and prepare the soil for other more complex species to come. » Read the rest of this entry «

Schrijvers op het net

December 3rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Een overzicht van links naar interessante ‘algoliteraire creaties’ die gebruik maken van het internet.

Naar aanleiding van het programma in Passaporta: http://passaporta.be/agenda/schrijvers-op-het-net-ecrire-a-lere-dinternet

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Redocumentation & Repensées

June 10th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Schermafdruk van 2013-08-02 17:42:58

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 «

i-Literature workshop

May 13th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Tomorrow I’ll give a workshop on i-literature with about 15 lovers of writing & literary creation.
It is part of the ‘Writing day’ organised by Creatief Schrijven.
We will work for 2,5 h.
As I do not want to spend time on fiddling around with live-cd’s or installing the right tools for the different operating systems, cloud computing seems to be a workable solution. I have been preparing everything on hotglue.me, a fantastic intuitive tool with the basic needs. Thanks for the tip, Oskar!
Here is the front page of my presentation with the different topics we will look into, and hey, les goûts & les couleurs ne se discutent pas.

Other tools I’ll be using are etherpad, dokuwiki and the big text wizard (tx Femke!). And of course there will be all kinds of cheatsheets.
Looking forward to it!

Hard working idlers @ Dominokingdom

July 20th, 2010 § Comments Off on Hard working idlers @ Dominokingdom § permalink

An will talk about collaborative narrative practices within Constant during a workshop on ‘Real Time Composition’ with Joao Fiadeiro and others proposed by performer Adva Zakai @ Dominokingdom. In her talk she will try to use the words ‘event’, ‘suggestion’, ‘confirmation’, ‘save’, ‘loop’, ‘error’, ‘judge’, ‘sharing’, ‘generosity’, ‘manipulation’, ‘responsability’, ‘care’, ‘complexity’, ‘here & now’, ‘the elasticity of the system’, ‘timing’, ‘trust’, ‘engage’, ’empathy’, ‘value’, ‘forking’, ‘bug’, ‘utopia’, ‘unity of action’.
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October 21st, 2009 § Comments Off on Spiderwomen § permalink

[FR plus bas]

Constantlid An Mertens en twee leden van de Samedies (Agnes Bewer, Juliane de Moerloze) geven een lezing rond het gebruik van wiki’s bij Amazone, een ’resource’-centrum voor gelijkheid tussen vrouwen en mannen. Op het menu staan volgende vragen:
– welk type wiki gebruik ik best?
– hoe installeer ik een wiki?
– hoe kan ik samen met anderen informatie delen op een wiki?

Membre de Constant An Mertens et 2 autres membres des Samedies (Agnes Bewer, Juliane de Moerloze) organisent une conférence autour de wikis, chez Amazone, centre de ressources pour l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes. Au menu :
– quel type de wiki à utiliser ?
– comment installer un wiki ?
– comment organiser l’information de façon collaborative ?

When Donna Haraway meets Linus Thorvaldt

May 8th, 2009 § Comments Off on When Donna Haraway meets Linus Thorvaldt § permalink

An participated in the 11th Festival Bandits-Mages, in the program ’Anticipated Worlds/Augmented Territories’. In the lecture she interweaved a personal register with a historical register and a storyteller voice.

Fiction allows you to take a distance from everyday reality and to inject new perspectives in work practises. Which examples of so called feminist science-fiction could inspire a methodology in which sharing, exchange and the right for mistakes are central? Could we link the potential of new models embedded in the ’Cyborg Manifesto’ by Donna Haraway to the statement of Linus Thorvald in the following sentence, from the notes he distributed with the first release of Linux: ’Interrupts aren’t hidden.’ And what happens when you try to apply these ideas to a collaborative server project for women? An Mertens will not answer all these questions, but will take them as a starting point for an unreleased storytelling session.

Consult the catalogue of the festival.

2 Questions (2)

March 21st, 2007 § Comments Off on 2 Questions (2) § permalink

This is the second of the 2 main questions I presented at the Open Knowledge 1.0 last Saturday in Limehouse Townhall in London.

The second question came up when I thought about the possibilities of linking collaboration and infinity with the practice of literary creation.

Authors are about the most individual workers on earth – apart from collaborating with their editors, they only ask others to read and comment on their texts. They decide on which comments they accept. It is a very intimate process. You don’t just ask anyone to revise your text, only people you trust and you choose because of their vision of life, on art, on society, etc. It could be an interesting experiment to try to write a community novel but I believe it is not more than a very fun game to play. If your interest is aroused, I can refer to a Penguin experiment. It was called ‘amillionpenguins’. Apparently, an infinite number of people can only write a comedy together. The meta-discussions about writing, terrorism, rules were the most interesting part of the experiment.
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2 Questions (1)

March 21st, 2007 § Comments Off on 2 Questions (1) § permalink

This is one of the 2 main questions I presented at the Open Knowledge 1.0 last Saturday in Limehouse Townhall in London.

The first question deals with the possibility to share and might add some flavour to the discussion about the concept of ‘open’, as in ‘open knowledge’ or ‘open source’.
As a human being and writer – both bodies are intimately related – I naturally tend to favour the principles of sharing, exchange, generating, regenerating and degenerating (:-)). I like to adhere to the idea of ‘open’ culture as it stated in the Free Art License based on the GPL.

All very well, but as an author I am confronted straight away with the limitations of this freedom. What’s more, the open culture seems to be only half open or half closed, unless the notion of ‘open’ also allows for in-between situations.
I’ll make this somewhat clearer for you. I live in Brussels. Officially, it is a bilingual city, unofficially the city is multilingual. As a Dutch-speaking person I often find myself in murky in-between situations.
Brussels official Brussels unofficial
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