Algolit

Algolit is a project of Constant, a workgroup around i-literature, free code and texts. The group was initiated in 2012 by Catherine Lenoble and An Mertens.
Since then, the algoliterarian space has been created and recreated together with: Nicolas Malevé, Olivier Heinry, Stéphanie Villayphiou, Brendan Howell, Gijs De Heij, Christina Cochior, Hans Lammerant, Manetta Berends, Mia Melvaer, Olivier Perriquet.

The group meets regularly following the principles of the Oulipo-meetings: they share work and thoughts and create together, with or without the company of an invitee. Algolit is open to anyone interested in exchanging practises around digital ways of reading and writing.
Recent topics and announcements: http://algolit.constantvzw.org
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Articles

2017

Narrative perspective of Neural Networks #5

Algolit continues to explore neural networks to see how their process can be made legible, visible, understandable. We will follow up on the Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing course (...)
2017

Narrative perspective of Neural Networks #4

Algolit continues to explore neural networks to see how their process can be made legible, visible, understandable. We will follow up on the Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing course (...)
Workshop · 2017

Narrative perspective of Neural Networks #3

Algolit continues to explore neural networks to see how their process can be made legible, visible, understandable. Participants choose how to get into the topic, through reading, tutorials, code (...)
Workshop · 2016

Narrative perspective of Neural Networks #2

Algolit organises a second dive in neural networks to see how their process can be made legible, visible, understandable. Amongst others, we will put a neural-net dedicated computer to work! (...)
Workshop · 2016

Narrative perspective of Neural Networks #1

Algolit organises a first dive in neural networks to see how their process can be made legible, visible, understandable. Amongst others, we’ll build a neural-net dedicated computer / XMPP bots. (...)
Workshop · 2016

Supervised Machine Learning for writing & reading practises

Algolit is a project of Constant, a workgroup around i-literature, free code and text. On Thursday 3rd November we will start from Uncertainty Detected, a supervised machine learning script (...)
2016

Algoliterary works

Algolit is a project of Constant, a workgroup around i-literature, free code and text. On Friday 7th October 2016 (10-18h) we will gather around a few algoliterary projects that were developed (...)
Workshop · Publication · 2016

Frankenstein Chatbot Parade

"I’m the other, the different, the stranger, the supplement, the late-comer, the non-foreseen. Being not an animal, nor man, not god, I don’t take part in the primitive scene, and that’s why one is (...)
Lecture · 2016

Poetics of the Algorithm

Constant members Catherine Lenoble and An Mertens will present Algolit at the conference on Poetics of the Algorithms. During this lecture, they will share the latest discussions around automatic (...)
Workshop · 2016

Integration

Algolit is a project of Constant, a workgroup around i-literature, free code and text. On Thursday 9th June 2016 (10-18h) we will meet to review the interventions of past sessions, invent some (...)

Feeds

2016-08-04 13:43:01

Close-Reading of Kenneth Goldsmith

Report & publication of the workshop on 5 till 7th June 2015

2016-03-04 11:50:52

A story from the Algorithmic Forest

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 (...)

2016-01-04 11:29:22

Algoritmische vertellers

Een jaar lang zal ik het narratieve potentieel van algoritmes onderzoeken. In mijn aanpak wil ik ze zowel benaderen als spelleiders, schrijvers van teksten en vertellers op een scène. Tijdens een vooronderzoek testte ik al enkele formules uit met eenvoudige algoritmes zoals de Quicksort. Voor (...)

2015-12-08 16:11:18

Woorden tellen

Het is erg verleidelijk om woorden te gaan tellen in je eigen werk. De roman Tot Later telt 14311 verschillende woorden, of 118562 woorden in totaal, verdeeld over 7836 zinnen. Serendipiteit is nooit ver weg bij het schrijven, dus zie hier, de middelste zin van het boek luidt: “Poesjelief!” Ook (...)

2015-12-08 16:09:59

Counting words

While exploring NLTK or Natural Language Toolkit, I came across an interesting way of ‘reading’ The Book of Genesis. This post is a small report. You find a a Dutch variant here. NLTK is a library for Python that allows extensive language treatment. It comes with a lot of ‘data’, amongst them, a (...)

2015-12-03 18:46:32

Schrijvers op het net

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 _____BASIS: code is tekst html waarin meeste webpagina’s zijn geschreven (...)

2015-04-04 16:18:53

1984 revisited vandaag

Het project krijgt vandaag, op 4 april 2015, een nieuwe start! Met dank aan AM Heath and the Estate of the late Sonia Brownell Orwell & Arbeiderspers voor het gebruik van George Orwell’s 1984 voor datamining & datamatching. “KMI, weer op plaats van lezen Het is overal zwaarbewolkt en ook (...)

2014-11-30 21:21:40

Tot later in déjà vu

Het is 30 november, nat en donker. Het KMI geeft 3°C. Buiten troept een zwerm mensen samen op de hoek van het Vossenplein. Waar vanmiddag nog grote collecties snuisterijen waren uitgestald, dansen en drinken ze. Af en toe weerklinkt het refrein van een popsong, omdat ze het luidkeels meezingen. (...)

2014-06-27 18:21:54

Revisiting Little Brother: a 1984-spam Vanessa took off his glasses

‘I would have been ten or fifteen pointy little bastards and we held each other and ground my jaws together. “We just drifted apart.” We walked like two people whom he did not seek power for its freedom. If I get a new Middle group splits off from the larynx without involving the higher brain (...)

2014-06-20 12:28:35

1984:revisiting – rights granted!

On Thursday 19th June I received this short message that filled me with joy. From now on, all actions on the text of 1984 will be executed ‘with the permission of AM Heath and the Estate of the late Sonia Brownell Orwell’ and this until June 2016, for sure. Sonia Brownell Orwell was the last (...)