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Semiotic Considerations in an Artificial Intelligence-Based Art Practice [English]
Michael Mateas combines artificial intelligence (AI) research and art marking, a practice he calls Expressive AI. AI consists of coupled rhetorical and technical strategies for structuring computational processes. Artists can consciously manipulate these strategies so as to build machines with powerful authorial affordances for crafting audience experiences.
http://www.dichtung-digital.org/2003/3-mateas.htm

Word For Word. Encoding, Networking, and Intention [English]
The very nature of the online literary journal Word For/Word invites non-linear, non-sequential readings, thus making it problematic to think of its assembled works only as discrete, autonomous texts. Jonathan Minton thinks of an underlying "intention" in terms of textual encoding (Intention not as the manifestation of an author's "original" idea, but an always on-going textual drift) and explores the methods in which JavaScript can clarify this dynamic and seemingly infinite drift of textual intention by encoding and particularizing its recombinant processes.
http://www.dichtung-digital.org/2003/3-minton.htm

The Computer as a Prosthetic Organ of Philosophy [English]
David Rokeby looks at issues of language and encoding from the perspective of computer programming. He discusses the different relationships between code and encoder/decoder in computer coding and human language coding and uses examples of his work and working experience to illuminate these differences and to propose a role for computers as philosophical prostheses.
http://www.dichtung-digital.org/2003/3-rokeby.htm

The "Embedded World" of Artificial Intelligence [English]
How can we conceive of engaging in Artificial Intelligence (AI) practices while reflecting on the social effects of AI technology? Traditionally, AI saw itself as a 'closed world' outside of culture; now, Phoebe Sengers argues, we may instead be able to speak of and act on an 'embedded world' of AI-in-culture.
http://www.dichtung-digital.org/2003/3-sengers.htm

Concrete Poetry in Analog and Digital Media [English]
Concrete poetry is visual not because it would apply images but because it adds the optical gesture of the word/letter to its semantic meaning. The philosophy behind this shift towards typography is to free the word from its representational, designational function towards the "pure visual", the image for images sake. On the other hand, the deconstructive play with the symbolic orders of language is considered to question social patterns and to even have a revolutionary potential. Roberto Simanowski wonders wether digital concrete poetry rather takes up the latter or the earlier legacy and discusses predecessors, mannerism, aesthetics of the spectacle, and the "l'art pour l'art" of coding.
http://www.dichtung-digital.org/2003/parisconnection/concretepoetry.htm

The Body in Cyberspace: Invented, Morphed, Generated, Dismissed [English]
Many of Frédéric Durieu's works confront the grotesque body. In Autoportrait it is his own face that the user can reshape, in Puppettool the user manipulates the body of an animal. What is behind this play with the digital body? What about the grotesque body of humans: in cyberspace and real life? And how do the body's disappearance, reinvention, and reshaping online affect our self-understanding and our own feelings towards the body? Roberto Simanowski reflects the discussion of the virtual, cyborgian body, drawing from examples of body art online.
http://www.dichtung-digital.org/2003/parisconnection/durie-review.htm