daniel c. howe  



AdNauseam w' nissenbaum & zer-aviv
AdNauseam is a free browser addon that attempts to simultaneously protect users from tracking by advertising networks and to subvert the economic system that drives it. Like an adblocker, AdNauseam blocks ads, but then automatically clicks each ad in the background, polluting the user's data profile and creating mistrust between advertisers and the networks they pay for clicks. The software also allows users to explore visualizations of the ads they have been served (but not seen), revealing how we look to the trackers who violate our privacy and facilitate bulk-surveillance agendas.


How It Is in Common Tongues w' john cayley

HIIiCT is a conceptual novel and algorithmic provocation against the overreaches of copyright. The work (available as a limited edition artist book) was composed by a software agent which searched 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 was then cited with a footnote linking to the URL where it was found. The result is a word-for-word remake of the original Beckett text composed entirely of phrases written by other authors.

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 (available from Cotton Goods Records) is a musical collaboration between Seaman and Howe that came about after the pair exchanged ideas and recordings while travelling separately - in effect making for an album recorded between North Carolina, Seoul, Bremen, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hong Kong, Thailand, mainland China and 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, and 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.