Tomorrow, on 28 March, Aalto University is organizing Open GLAM meetup to connect students, professionals, and creative people with the GLAM community (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). The program includes fascinating topics about reusing and sharing open cultural heritage data. Join us: 28 March 2019, 3pm-5pm, Aalto University Learning Centre!

More info on the AvoinGLAM website which is a Finnish network of people and institutions interested in and working among open culture and cultural materials. It is part of an international OpenGLAM network.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

George Walton Lucas Jr., an American filmmaker and the creator of the Star Wars, is about to open the museum called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. The concept design of the futuristic-looking museum in Exposition Park is astounding. It assumes that the house will collect his some 10,000 paintings and book, and magazine illustrations assembled over decades. Without a doubt, the museum will attract tourists, fans of Star Wars, artists, humanists, researchers, futurists, and many other!


Play the Knave

Play the Knave is a new type of theater where the players control figures displayed on the screen by bodily movements and voice. This kind of theater created in the realm of virtual reality with an immersive video game is developed by the University of California Davis. The first impression is amazing! I would really love to experience it personally!


3D-printed Rembrandt

The Next Rembrandt” is astounding 3D-printed Rembrandt painting designed by a team of developers with the technical support of Microsoft and backing from Dutch bank ING. The aim of project was to create new work “made by Rembrandt” by using data from his existing paintings. Designed software system recognizes Rembrandt based on his use of geometry, composition, and painting materials. Then software replicates his style and also generates new facial features what was probably the biggest challenge. Distilling the artistic DNA from piece to create new work shows again incredible capabilities of new technology, software system, digital tools and “big data” in the art and humanities.

AI novel

Can a computer write poetry? Oscar Schwartz in his fascinating presentation during TedxYouth in Sydney left no doubts that computer can create poetry sounding like William Blake’s or Frank O’Hara’s poems. Further, algorithm can produce poem sounding so much better than poem of not one outstanding poet. What is more, it turns out that artificial intelligence (AI) can compete with human for a literary award.

The Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award is only prize involving human and applicants who are not human beings (AI programs and others). However, this year was the first time when submitted literary texts were created by coauthorship between human and ‘nonhuman beings’: AI programs. Among 1,450 novels received in the competition, 11 works involved AI programs.

AI novel called “The Day A Computer Writes A Novel” was produced by Hitoshi Matsubara and his team at Future University Hakodate in Japan. Although AI novel did not win the final prize, it passed the first screening process for a domestic literary prize. According to jury, the meta-narrative was not enough good to get the prize. It turns out that while structure and mechanism of novel were programmed very well, character descriptions were poor created. It is only a matter of time, when machine improves a programming of more ‘human’ part of text. Nevertheless, this is just the beginning of literary competition between human and nonhuman being.

Czyzewski w ELC!

It is nice to hear that my project, created together with Łukasz Podgórni (programming and design), “Oczy tygrysa (The Eyes of the Tiger). Adaptation of Formist Tytus Czyzewski’s poetry” (Corporation Ha!art, 2012) is going to be included in the third Electronic Literature Collection. It is the first time when polish electronic literature will be presented in this international anthology of e-lit. ELC3 will be released in this February. I cannot wait to see the effects!

Czyżewski w ELC!

Miło usłyszeć, że mój projekt realizowany wraz z Łukaszem Podgórnim (grafika i programowanie), pt. “Cyfrowe zielone oko. Adaptacja poezji formistycznej Tytusa Czyżewskiego” (Korporacja Ha!art, Kraków 2012) został przyjęty do trzeciej edycji międzynardowej antologii Electronic Literature Collection. Po raz pierwszy w antologii znajdą się polskie projekty literatury elektronicznej. Antologia ma pojawić się już w lutym tego roku. Z niecierpliwością czekam na efekty!