Title: Bots and Autopoiesis
Institution(s): Utrecht Universiteit, Hackers and Designers, Control Shift Festival, Akademie Schlöss Solitude

Description: This project started as an academic essay in which I analyse the diverse range of literary Twitter bots, these are automated Twitter accounts that post literary content according to algorithmic programming. I present the context and digital infrastructures that constitute them and evaluate their contribution to the current literary landscape.

Afterwards I got financial support from the Government of Chile (Fondos de Cultura) to carry a comprehensive examination of the bot format, its relation to the concept of autopoiesis and its potential contribution to a theory of automated art. I continued this artistic research and l co-led a series of workshops to examine grammar-generative code in relation to oracular wisdom at the Hackers and Designers Summer Academy, at the Willem de Kooning Academy, and at the Control Shift festival.

In 2021, I continued this research as a resident at Akademie Schlöss Solitude and created a bot of my own to test my findings, the bot produces divinatory texts based on a corpus of my personal dream journaling, it also produces vectorial shapes using coordinates obtained after a geomancy session led by Iranian-Canadian artist Shirim Fahimi. This work was presented at the Magical Cohabitations event organized by Akademie Schlöss Solitude and at KI-Camp 2021, conference organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Informatics Society.





👯‍♀️ ANNIKA KAPPNER (WORKSHOPS CO-FACILITATOR), Kári Driscoll (RESEARCH supervisor), Shirin Fahimi (Geomancy), Imaabs (Music) 
📍️ ROTTERDAM, AMSTERDAM, BRISTOL, Stuttgart 
WEBSITE autopoietic BOTS 
WEBSITE workshop ORACLE BOTS
⛓ Link TO PAPER TWITTER BOTS FOR AN AUTOPOIETIC LITERATURE
Mark