Machines as Literary Companions

Dit artikel onderzoekt Constant’s vele literaire samenwerkingen met machinale actoren.

Working with machines as literary companions in the network of Constant also includes studying the machine, the dataset, and the process. This means that the literary quality of these works is dependent on how much the machine is taken seriously as a literary companion. In other words, the circumstances are created for this companion to narrate “its” point of view in the most critical way possible, rather than using the tool to create digital stories. The creation of spaces for exchange, collective experimenting, and sharing – in, for example, Constant’s worksessions or the Algolit meetings – allows for a kind of versioning effect in the resulting works.

An Mertens schreef dit vijfde artikel in een serie van zes die MARCH aan Constant vroeg te publiceren in de context van het eerste lange termijn onderzoek van het tijdschrift Publishing As Protocol.