SXSW Interactive 2016

Hacking Language: Bots, IF and Esolangs

At the frontiers of computing and language, new developments are producing shock waves that have yet to hit the mainstream. Automated tweeters relate every word in the dictionary and assemble sonnets out of the metrical, rhyming tweets of others. Interactive fiction connects wordplay and world-building and models the social norms of the Regency romance. Coders develop languages that are programmed with images, recipes, and Shakespearean-style plays. This panel will consider the fundamental questions about computing and language that these projects are raising, explore exactly how these provocations operate, and look at how new projects relate to each other.

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  1. What new things, in terms of style, semantics, and concept, are being done in extreme computational writing forms?
  2. How did you get started working in these forms, and what are good ways for others to experiment with them and learn more today?
  3. How are the textual and performative aspects of code informed by other media?



Daniel Temkin, Artist, N/A

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