Generative Narrative in xTNZ and Senhora Da Graça


Session Title:

  • Code and Generative Art

Presentation Title:

  • Generative Narrative in xTNZ and Senhora Da Graça




  • Session: Code and Generative Art

    We will look into the artistic practice of computational ecosystems, attempting to see behind its formal novelty and invention. Computational ecosystems operate in a distinct model of narrative. The concept of generative narrative
    discussed here illustrates what Umberto Eco denes as ‘open work’. First published in Italian in 1962, Eco’s critical book Open Work, addresses questions which are found (also) transversely in Generative Art. Modern music, literature and art are said to operate in a state of potential, of unexplored possibilities which the work may admit. The open-ended nature of the works offer an unlimited range of possible readings, works are ‘open’ to continuous generation of internal relations, which the addressee must uncover and select in his act of perceiving the totality of incoming stimuli.
    Generative narrative, is a concept we can nd in electronic literature. We extend this concept discussing it within the  framework of the computational ecosystems. We will look into Lizbeth Klastrup’s concepts of ‘multi-user digital textuality’ and ‘interpretative framework’ to assist in this project and  understand how the material aspects of code participate in the narrative processes.

    To illustrate these ideas, we discuss two case studies, xTNZ and Senhora da Graça, two computational ecosystems, where, we argue, this model of narrative conveys context and artistic meaning to the works.

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