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Permutation and Randomness in the Action Score Generator

Walker, Nathan (2014) Permutation and Randomness in the Action Score Generator. Journal of writing in creative practice, 7 (1). pp. 213-221.

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Abstract

This article discusses Nathan Walker's 'Action Score Generator' (ASG), an online writing machine that randomly arranges words into six-word-length performance scores. The generator belongs to a lineage of language-based artworks and practices that relinquish authorial control to the viewer. Exploring the methods of Event Scores developed by George Brecht the ASG is a website that distributes an infinite number of scores as both instructions and poetry. This is articulated in relation to Christopher Strachey’s ‘Love Letter Generator’ and other permutational and computational writing programmes that use randomness and code to produce writing in modular forms.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1386/jwcp.7.1.213_1
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
T Technology > T Technology (General)
School/Department: School of Performance & Media Production
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/591

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