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Author Function

January 25, 2018 - March 21, 2018

Photograph of LXUM, LKWC by Christian Bök and Google and Volume 1 by King Zog. Photograph credit: Nick Monfort.

Computer-generated poetry and fiction has been imagined for decades, even centuries. In recent years, this sort of literary art has not only been produced; it has been edited, typeset, and printed. Author Function presents books, chapbooks, broadsides, and other printed matter from the collection of Professor Nick Montfort, SM ’98. The work featured includes some that is based on language but consists of images, some that is produced by commercial algorithms from our everyday digital environment, and some that results from decades of research. Montfort is an author of computer-generated writing himself, has worked in collaboration with others to produce this sort of writing, and is editing a new book series of this sort of work for the Denver press Counterpath. The series, called Using Electricity, has three titles that will be part of the exhibit. These will join dozens of other pieces of printed matter, published in different countries and in several different (human) languages.