J.R. CARPENTER

Author of Generation[s]

J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian artist, performer, poet, novelist, new media writer and researcher now based in South Devon, England. She has been using the Internet as a medium for the creation and dissemination of non-linear narratives since 1993. Her digital works have been performed, published and presented in journals, festivals, and museums around the world. Her poetry, short fiction and critical writing has been translated into French, Spanish and Italian, broadcast on CBC Radio, published and anthologized widely. She a two-time winner of the Quebec Short Story competition, and recipient of the Carte Blanche Quebec Award as well as numerous research and production grants in literature and in new media from the Conseil des Arts de Montreal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec and Canada Council for the Arts. Her first novel, Words the Dog Knows, won the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book. Her second book, GENERATION[S], a collection of code narratives, was published by Traumawien in Vienna in 2010. She is currently a practice-led PhD Researcher at University College Falmouth, Cornwall, working in the emerging and converging fields of performance writing, digital literature, locative narrative, media archaeology and networked art practices. http://luckysoap.com

Published: 2011 Language: Generative Text 240 Pages Hardcopy Perfect bound

GENERATION(S) expands upon a series of short fictions generated by Python scripts adapted (with permission) from two 1k story generators written by Nick Montfort, and incorporates GORGE, a never-ending tract spewing verse approximations, poetic paroxysms on food, consumption, decadence and desire, a hack of Montfort’s elegant poetry generator Taroko Gorge. There was only one rule in creating GENERATION(S): No new texts. All the texts in this book were previously published in some way. The texts the generators produce are intertwined with the generators’ source code, and these two types of texts are in turn interrupted by excerpts from the meta narrative that went into their creation. Most of the sentences in the fiction generators started off as Tweets, which were then pulled into Facebook. Some led to comments that led to responses that led to new texts. All these stages of intermediation are represented in the print book iteration of GENERATION(S). (jr c)

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