daniel c. howe  



AdNauseam w' nissenbaum & zer-aviv
AdNauseam (ADN) is an artware browser addon to protect users from tracking by ad-networks & allow them to register their discontent with Web advertising systems. Like an adblocker, ADN blocks ads on visited pages, but then automatically clicks each ad in the background, polluting the user's profile & creating mistrust between advertisers & ad-networks. By allowing users to explore visualizations of the ads they've been shown, ADN also reveals how we look to the trackers who violate our privacy & facilitate bulk-surveillance agendas.


How It Is in Common Tongues w' john cayley

How It Is in Common Tongues is a conceptual novel and provocation for copyright composed by searching for the text of Samuel Beckett's How It Is in Google Books, attempting to find the longest common phrases from the work composed by writers other than Beckett. Each phrase is then cited with a footnote for the shortest URL found for the phrase. The result is a word-for-word remake of the original Beckett text, with each phrase cited with its location in the largest linguistic commons in human history, as written by someone else.

How It Is
Automatype is a a networked installation (built with analog TV monitors & Raspberry PI microcomputers) that provides a demonstration of some of the powers of the RiTa toolkit, 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. Spend 2 minutes or 2 hours with the piece and you will see either a bunch of random words, or occasionally, if not always, engaging samples of minimalist poetry...

Minor Distance         w' bill seaman
Minor Distance (Cotton Goods Records) is a musical collaboration between Seaman & Howe that came about after the pair exchanged ideas & recordings while travelling separately - in effect making for an album recorded between North Carolina, Seoul, Bremen, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hong Kong, Thailand, mainland China & New York - covering a bit more than the "Minor Distances" referred to in the title. The recordings began life with Howe's improvised guitar recordings, played live-to-tape through his own custom software, & Seaman's simple piano loops...
Minor Distance

The Readers Project w' john cayley

The Readers Project is an aesthetically-oriented system of software entities designed to explore the culture of human reading in the face of ubiquitous algorithmic & networked services. These entities, or 'readers', enact specific reading strategies while also functioning as autonomous text generators, networked writing machines visible beyond the texts they 'read'. Various instantiations of the project have been featured at a number of international art venues and galleries.
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.