San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
What is the reading of the text, in fact, except the recording of certain thematic reoccurrences, certain insistences of forms and meanings?
In a novel of fifty to a hundred thousand words… I advise you to observe immediately the words that are repeated about twenty times. Look here…
blood, cartridge belt, commander, do, have, immediately, it, life, seen, sentry, shots, spider, teeth, together, you…
Don’t you already have a clear idea what it’s about?
– If on a winter’s night a traveler, Calvino
In this full-day workshop, we’ll see how text can operate as a unique substrate for creative exploration. Using various unique corpuses, we’ll explore techniques to parse, analyze, and visualize huge bodies of text. Attendees will learn how simple (and even some not-so-simple) statistical methods can be combined with exploratory visualization strategies to find patterns of language within and between separate texts. More than that, participants will learn how computational methods can reveal the unique character of text.
Topics to be covered include: ngrams, text comparison, Markov chains, parts-of-speech, WordNet & techniques for text rendering in Processing.
Workshop participants should have some programming experience, and should be familiar with the basics of Processing.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Recently, his work has been featured by The Guardian, Scientific American, The New Yorker, and Popular Science.
Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
Jer is an adjunct Professor in New York University’s ITP program, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation. He is a co-founder of The Office For Creative Research, a multi-disciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data. From 2010 – 2012, Jer was the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times.
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The Office For Creative Research
The Office for Creative Research is a multidisciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data, through unique practices that borrow from both the arts and sciences. OCR clients are research partners, helping to pose, refine and ultimately solve difficult problems with data.