Installation Media Art

Autopoetry Apparatus

Verena Lercher
Verena Lercher
Verena Lercher

The audience enters a space that shows four loudspeakers on stands and a commercial thermal-printer for receipts built into a console.

An artificial intelligence (AI) trained and staged as an AUTOPOESIE APPARATUS generates advertising texts in the writing and speaking style of the author Rolf Dieter Brinkmann. These texts are vocalised live and spatialised by the four loudspeakers.

Four AIs are talking to each other, articulating different versions of the text generation. The loudspeakers, directed towards a common centre for dialogue, act like discussants. Through different rhythms of speech and the emotional moment of the sounding speech, the apparatuses appear human-like, while digital material is transferred back into an immediate analog experience. Thinking, formulating, competing as well as inner states are generated exclusively through sound and thus made audible for the audience.

Individual texts are selected by a fifths, higher-level AI (referee) and written down in situ by the commercial thermal printer. However, printing on thermal paper is not durable. After a while, the selected AI-Brinkmann-advertising-poems fade to the point of being completely unrecognizable. The document function dissolves, the laboriously created and archived has to disappear again due to the medium.

The new, what has been created in the moment, is discussed, evolves, only to withdraw again.

Does a poem become a poem the moment AI tries a style copy? Does a poem become a poem the moment the computer has finished writing? Or does a poem become a poem the moment the user is engaging in the AI-generated state of a text?

Concept: Verena Lercher
Spatialization: Gerriet K. Sharma
Programming: Georg Kettele, Verena Lercher