Future Mythologies: Ariadne

Nathaniel Stern

Anne Spalter

Ariadne questions everything, and finds her way.

FUTURE MYTHOLOGIES is a collaboration between Anne Spalter and Nathaniel Stern for theVERSEverse’s GenText series. It’s a series of 12 poems written in collaboration with text-based AIs, incorporated into videos produced with the help of text-to-image AI. Each explores a character from Greek mythology, with a sci-fi twist. Written and performed by Stern, sound and images by Spalter.


What is the inverse of a labyrinth?
[inverse] [opposite] [anti-]
How do we navigate [this-this-this] space?
Without the Minotaur’s dark. Without a child lost.
Without a mother dismembered, without a father
unable to find her, without her unable to find him.
Who planted this garden? Who watered it with blood?
What is the opposite of nourishment?
[opposite] [anti-] [against]
Where does the sun disappear to when it is not here?
It matters
Shadows like the sea, shadows like the stars, shadows like the sky.
What is the inverse of a labyrinth?
An overture, and an outside