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HKU Media Bot

HKU Media Bot

A twit­ter­bot that pub­lish­es an auto-gen­er­at­ed poem once every hour, based on the words used in all first grade teach­ing mod­ules with­in the Media Fac­ul­ty of the Utrecht Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts (HKU).

 

For this twit­ter­bot I used trac­ery, a sto­ry-gram­mar gen­er­a­tion library for javascript. The script gen­er­ates a short new poem, loose­ly based on the Japan­ese Haiku poet­ic form. It uses all nouns, verbs and adjec­tives from the teach­ing mod­ule descrip­tions of all the fields of study with­in HKU Media (Audio Visu­al Media, Image and Media Tech­nol­o­gy, Ani­ma­tion, Illus­tra­tion, Graph­ic Design and Pho­tog­ra­phy). I used cheap­bots­donequick to cre­ate the twit­ter­bot part.

This twit­ter­bot, togeth­er with the Teach­ing mod­ule gen­er­a­tor instal­la­tion, was part of a research project com­mis­sioned by the Exper­tise­cen­trum Edu­catie of HKU Utrecht Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts, on the pos­si­bil­i­ties of lan­guage tech­nol­o­gy with­in an art cur­ricu­lum, whether for ana­lyt­i­cal pur­pos­es, or as a toolk­it with­in a cre­ative process. This project, with this instal­la­tion as a ‘proof of con­cept’, is also a plea for embrac­ing more emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies like arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, data visu­al­iza­tion and nat­ur­al lan­guage pro­cess­ing in art education.

Year

2016

Kind

Twit­ter­bot / Installation

Location

HKU Media, Utrecht

Sym­po­sium on lan­guage, curat­ed by Cor­rie Nagtegaal

Teaching Module Generator

Teaching Module Generator

In coop­er­a­tion with David Jonas Cas­tan­heira, I devel­oped an auto­mat­ic Teach­ing mod­ule gen­er­a­tor, that gen­er­ates new les­son con­tent, based on the texts of all first year teach­ing mod­ules with­in the Media Fac­ul­ty of the HKU. 

 

We used Pro­cess­ing and the RiTa library (Ver­sion 1.12; Howe 2015) to per­form nat­ur­al lan­guage pro­cess­ing of all exist­ing teach­ing mod­ule descrip­tions and made an auto­mat­ic teach­ing mod­ule gen­er­a­tor. It gen­er­ates a ran­dom­ly assem­bled, but per­fect­ly read­able text. This way, one gets a good impres­sion of the lan­guage use and ‘tone of voice’ across the dif­fer­ent disciplines.

This instal­la­tion, togeth­er with the HKU Media twit­ter bot, is part of a research project com­mis­sioned by the Exper­tise­cen­trum Edu­catie of HKU Utrecht Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts, on the pos­si­bil­i­ties of lan­guage tech­nol­o­gy with­in an art cur­ricu­lum, whether for ana­lyt­i­cal pur­pos­es, or as a toolk­it with­in a cre­ative process. This project, with this instal­la­tion as a proof of con­cept, is also a plea for embrac­ing more emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies like arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, data visu­al­iza­tion and nat­ur­al lan­guage pro­cess­ing in art education.

Year

2016

Kind

Gen­er­a­tive video instal­la­tion / print­ed text generator

In cooperation with

David Jonas Castanheira

Location

HKU Media, Utrecht

Sym­po­sium on lan­guage, curat­ed by Cor­rie Nagtegaal

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