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Beautiful and Useless Coding with Allison Parrish

Generative Art involves using the tools of computation to creative ends. Adam talks to Allison Parrish about how she uses word vectors to create unique poetry. Word vectors represent a fundamentally new tool for working with text.

Adam and Allison also talk about creative computer programming and building twitter bots and what makes something art.

“Computer programming is beautiful and useless. That’s the reason that you should want to do it is not because it’s going to get you a dropped off because it has a particular utility, but simply for the same reasons that you would pick up oil paints or do origami or something. It’s something that has like an inherent beauty to it that is worthy of studying.”

“For my purpose as an artist and as like someone who teaches programming to artists and designers, I want to emphasize that it’s not only a vocational thing, it’s not only a way for building things like to do apps for that matter. It’s not only a way to, you know, write useful applications that help to organize communities or help to do scientific work and other like good applications of programming and software engineering. But there is this like very essential, very core part of computer programming that is just joyful. Um, that’s about understanding your own mind in different ways and understanding the world in different lands.”

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Beautiful and Useless Coding with Allison Parrish