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ELO 2015: The End(s) of Electronic Literature

Machine Libertine

Taras Mashtalir (Independent, Russia) and Natalia Fedorova (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)

Hybridity Performances and Screenings
Thursday, August 6  20:00- 23:00 (Østre)

Machine Libertine is a media poetry group.

The method of our work is the exploration of the role of media in the development of literary art practices including video poetry, text generators and performance art. The main principles of the group are formulated in our “Machine Poetry Manifesto”, pointing out the idea of liberation of the machines from the routine tasks and increasing the intensity of their use for creative and educational practices.

Machine Libertine was founded in December 2010 starting with a videopoem Snow Queen, a presented at Purple Blurb series at MIT, as well as Harvard, Brown, UCSC, Bergen Public Library, Kingston University in London, Manege in Moscow and Alexandrinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. In 2013 at E-Poetry Festival Tom Konyves selected Snow Queen as one of 50 best examples of the genre. It is a combination of the masculine poem “Poison Tree” by William Blake, contrasted to mechanic female MacOS voice and cubistic video imagery of Souzfilm animation Snow Queen (1957).

We are exploring how the text can be transformed by mechanized reading and visualizing it and what the possible limits are for this transmedia play of interpretation.

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