With Allison Parrish

July 22 - 26, 2019

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Language is more than just words and letters: it’s the voices that speak the words out loud, the keyboards that the words are typed on, the ink and pixels that make words visible. This workshop introduces techniques for computationally manipulating this complex materiality of language for creative, expressive, and anarchic purposes. Using the Python programming language, we'll explore an eclectic cross-section of topics, including chatbots, asemic writing, textual interfaces, parametric typography, sound poetry and interactive fiction. In-class tech tutorials will lead into group discussions and feedback, culminating in the design and publication of a "zine" of participant work.

Who is this workshop for?
The workshop assumes no previous programming experience and is targeted at anyone with an interest in language arts or creative coding.

What should participants bring? 
Participants should bring a laptop running a conventional desktop operating system (Windows, Linux, macOS). (If this is impossible for you, ATLAS will provide alternate arrangements.)

About the Instructor
Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computational creativity. She is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she earned her master's degree in 2008.

 

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