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If, Then: Technology and Poetics

October 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Digital Innovation Lab at UNC is excited to announce a new conversation series beginning this semester, If, Then: Technology and Poetics. This series brings together writers, coders, and scholars investigating the relationships between humans and machines and the works of art, literature, and visual knowledge they produce together.

Our first virtual event is on Tuesday, October 20 at 4PM and will be a timely and stimulating conversation between Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (UMass Boston) and Nick Montfort (MIT) on hacking against white supremacy. Bertram’s most recent book of poems, Travesty Generator (2019), uses hacked versions of Montfort’s open-source poetic code (among other materials) to generate evocative, revelatory elegies to Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Emmett Till. Together, they will explore how identity makes and breaks algorithms and how computational poetics offers new ways of dealing with trauma, memory, and history.

RSVP at the link below for the Zoom link and selected pre-readings. We’re excited to have you join us as we welcome Lillian-Yvonne and Nick for our inaugural conversation!