[Reader-list] [Announcements] Turbulence Commission: "No Time Machine" by Daniel C. Howe and Aya Karpinska

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Turbulence Commission: "No Time Machine" by Daniel C. Howe and Aya Karpinska
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Quiet time, dead time, free time -- call it what you will, there seems to be
less and less of it. What do people give up in the race to maximize every
second of their waking life? What kinds of activities are replaced by the
panicked drive for efficiency? "No Time Machine" explores these questions by
mining the Internet for mentions of the phrase "I don't have time for" and
variations such as "You can't find the time for" and "We don't make time
for." Based on a set of procedures they've set up, a program analyzes the
search results and reconstructs them into a poetic conversation. Interwoven
with this "found poetry" generated by the program are sentences that they
re-contextualized themselves; a human-computer collaboration that expands
the field of creative writing to include networked and programmable media.

"No Time Machine" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts,
Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with
funding from the Jerome Foundation.


Daniel C. Howe is a digital artist and researcher at NYU's Media Research
Lab. His interests include generative systems for artistic practice
(specifically for digital literary production) and the social/political
aspects of technology design. In addition to a background in music, he has
graduate degrees in both computer science and creative writing, and has
exhibited and performed his work internationally since 1997. He is currently
a visiting professor at Brown University.

Aya Karpinska is an interaction designer and artist working in digital
media. She creates interactive experiences through installation art, text,
sound, and game design (but not all at the same time). Aya is currently an
Electronic Writing Fellow at Brown University, developing children's stories
for mobile devices. She splits her time between Providence and New York

Daniel and Aya collaborated previously on a spatial poetry project,

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