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Jackson Mac Low and Tech

November 22, 2013
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I recently discovered this essay by Jackson Mac Low’s son, Mordecai-Mark, titled Science, Technology, and Poetry: Some Thoughts on Jackson Mac Low. I though I would share this excerpt with you all:

Jackson’s approach to writing poetry was, quite literally, experimental. The question he asked was not so much, “how can I achieve a particular effect?” as, “what will happen if I implement this particular algorithm?”

That sounds about right to me, but it’s not just about implementing algorithms any more. It’s about “what will happen when I apply this filter, in combination with these filters, or this many times?” And “what can I do to exploit this software for artistic/poetic ends?”

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