Some works leave to the machine the task of carrying out a part of the text creation work, with the help of a data-based system put together by the artist and a program allowing for the selective extraction of the data. The computer then becomes partner to the creative process. These projects are also based on chance, and on surprise, ingredient and effect ,contributing to the sentence's poetic value, thanks to unsuspected combinations beyond any participant's total control.

In the Feature section, Anne-Marie Boisvert mentions the experiments of the Générateur littéraire created by Jean-Pierre Balpe. She also refers to the cut-up technique invented by William Burroughs, put to use on the Web to a similar end.

On the other hand, some artists are maintaining an ironic distance in their projects in respect to this type of literary exploration. Such is the case, for one, of Mario Hergueta, with Stop making sense. With the help of a sentence-generating program geared at putting out sentences with or without adjectives, this work ends up showing the limits of the machine's creating potential.

Other combinatory-type works leave little choice to the visitor, and offer an even more critical look on this type of exploration, such as roman by Antoine Moreau, or in an even more extreme manner, Face Value by Nino Rodriguez.

Works discussed more at length in the Magazine:

.Jean-Pierre Balpe, Générateur littéraire in the Feature on Electronic Literature.
.Mario Hergueta, Stop Making Sense



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