The House of Dust

Alison Knowles

The House of Dust, by artist Alison Knowles, is one of the first computer generated poems in history. It was coded in FORTRAN for the artist in 1967 by James Tenney. Using the house as a subject, the code generates hundreds of thousands of quatrains randomly sequencing proposals for alternative living. The program combines four variables: materials, situations, lighting and inhabitants. The remarkable results are most frequently presented on continuous paper, output from a dot matrix printer, as they were in 1967.

software, micro-sd card, micro-computer, dot matrix printer, continuous paper,
Dimensions: variable

Featured in POÈME SBJKT, an exhibition of works of literature both on and off the blockchain that enhance, reinvent, and reimagine the relationship between text and image, analog and digital, blurring and challenging the lines that seek to divide.

POÈME SBJKT was curated by theVERSEverse in partnership with L’Avant Galerie Vossen and took place at Librairie Métamorphoses from May 25 – July 15, 2023.

Contact Librairie Métamorphoses for details.