daniel c. howe  





Common Tongues w' john cayley
Common Tongues is an interactive media/sound installation that remediates practices and processes of reading, and critically addresses copyright, the commodification of reading, and the proprietary enclosure of a growing portion of our linguistic cultural commons. Common Tongues debuted at the Inspace gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland in November, 2012.
Common Tongues
Automatype is an apt demonstration of some of the powers of RiTa, as it uses algorithms to find the bridges between English words, Six-Degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon-style — not bridges of garbled nonsense but composed of normative English. You will spend either 10 seconds or 5 minutes staring at this thing; you will also see either a bunch of random words, or occasionally, if not always, engaging samples of minimalist poetry...

The Readers Project         w' john cayley
The Readers Project is a performative essay in language-driven digital art, in writing digital media. Although the project 'visualizes' reading in a number of ways, it does not do so in the order to mime the behavior of conventional human readers. Rather, it explores alternative vectors of reading via quasi-autonomous entities (or 'readers') with specific textual strategies motivated by the unique properties of linguistic practice.
the readers project

Designed to support the creation of novel works of generative literature, the RiTa library (for Java, JavaScript, and NodeJS) provides a unique set of tools for artists and writers working in programmable media. RiTa is designed to be easy-to-use while still enabling a range of tasks, from grammar and markov-based generation to text-mining, text-to-speech, & animation. RiTa, implemented in both Java and JavaScript, is free and open-source, and optionally runs in the popular 'Processing' environment for arts programming.
the RiTa project

Architecture of Association    w' bill seaman
The Architecture of Association is a software architecture and series of interactive installations exploring mechanisms of associative thought. Drawing on research from a range of disciplines (psychology, linguistics, cognitive & computer science, etc.) the software explores large multi-media databases to 'discover' unexpected linkages between disparate items. An initial version opened in 2008 at the MIS Museum in Sao Paulo, with a full-scale premiere in 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

TrackMeNot   w' helen nissenbaum
TrackMeNot blends software tool and 'artware' intervention in a browser extension designed to protect users from surreptitious data profiling and to interpose in the power dynamic between searchers & the corporations controlling our data. Unlike most privacy tools, TMN works not by means of concealment or encryption, but via noise and obfuscation. Running as a background process, TMN periodically issues algorithmically-generated decoy queries to search engines like Google, Yahoo & Bing. Users' real searches, lost in a cloud of false data, are hidden in plain view.

text.curtain explores relationships between poetic text and ludic play via an interactive recombinant text. Projected on a wall-size screen, text.curtain presents a physics-based interface that organically responds to the interactions of multiple simultaneous users. As the piece is disrupted and letters wash back and forth, a granular synthesis engine provides realtime aural feedback. Tension is created through the simultaneous desire of users to both disrupt the existing text via 'play' and to ‘read’ the piece as it evolves and recombines in response.