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I’Ching Poetry Generator

Interactive on-line art exhibit by Jared Tarbell (programmer) and Lola Brine (design and XML poetry library) that takes its inspiration from the I’Ching’s hexagrammatic structure.

“The I’Ching interface presents the observer with 64 uniquely generated states as based on a 6-bit architecture. Initially, there is no state selected. The first interaction detected by the machine stops a random state selector at one of the 64 nodes in the circle. The value for that node is displayed, and the generative phase of the installation has begun.

“The observer is allowed to make five state changes. State changes are made by selected active nodes in the circles. Active nodes are logically defined by changes in each of the hexagram’s six bits.

”...Words within the poem are generated behind the viewer. Slowly, each word comes into view as it travels a path through three dimensional space, in real time, as controlled by the observer. The words eventually destabilizes after traveling into the distance. Destabilized words behave erratically and fly off into oblivion.” (from the levitated.net web site.)

Starter Links: I’Ching Poetry Generator | Levitated.net |

  tl, 01.15.06

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