A EYE (After Johannes Itten)
A 12-part poetry cycle commissioned by Kunstmuseum Bern, minted June 2023
An ekphrastic AI-powered poem cycle in 12 parts, inspired by the color theories of Bauhaus artist Johannes Itten as well as the 2022 arrival of an intelligent machine system that can see “millions of colors.”
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7:15 mp4, 2022
1/1 media-rich poem adapted from the book Technelegy, written and performed by Sasha Stiles with text-to-image illustrations created using phrases from the poem as prompts in DALL-E 2, then manipulated via a suite of digital tools. Original music by Kris Bones.
Exhibited at TheNFTGallery in London and New York.
The first embodied interactive project and poem at ArtBlocks Curated
Published April 26, 2023
An epic on-chain ode to the relationship of bodies and machines. This interactive poem about humanity’s visceral engagement with the virtual is written and published via the blockchain as a token word performance, and embodied by each collector as a uniquely intimate, personalized interpretation.
11:09 mp4 2022; SuperRare Genesis
1/1 media-rich generative poem. Written, performed and visualized by Sasha Stiles and Technelegy. Original music and sound design by Kris Bones.
Exhibited at SuperRare Gallery, NFT Paris, Krasl Art Center and elsewhere.
Experience the poem at SuperRare.com.
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2:55 mp4 2022 + IRL installation
This 1/1 media-rich generative poem was originally written and developed as an immersive poetry installation at Galerie Brigitte Schenk (Cologne, Germany) and exhibited as a featured artwork at Art Market San Francisco in April 2023. This piece is offered with instructions on how to implement the work’s original presentation as an immersive poetry cube.
EVERY POEM STARTS WITH A SEED
A generative poem in 100 editions
Published by PROOF, April 12, 2023
1/1 media-rich generative poem. This poem was written line by line, token by token, using p5.js as the page. Starting from Edition 1 – the title – each subsequent edition represents the growth and accretion of the poem from lines 0 through 100, with the final edition containing the entire text.
THE ORCHID CAGE (After Herbert W. Franke)
A 10-part poetry cycle, minted October 2022
The Orchid Cage” is a 10-part generative poem inspired by Herbert W. Franke’s sci-fi novel of the same name. Through intimate collaboration with her co-author, Stiles used elements from an English translation of Franke’s book as seeds of machinic imagination – resulting in a literary work that honors and tests Franke’s assertion that “computer poetry is undoubtedly the most difficult task of the computer in art.” Each stanza is digitally rendered in a style influenced by Franke’s Oscillogram (1954-58) series.
1/1 0:32 sec mp4 textblock, 2022
A unique textblock based on AI-powered generative text, Technelegy, “Fragment 25” is an extract from “Completion: Fragments,” a transhuman poem cycle in which prophetic, oracular, provocative and surrealist AI outputs are assembled into a linked series of cybernetic stanzas. Premiered at SCOPE Art Show, Miami Art Week 2022.
(fxhash, November 2022, 321 editions)
In collaboration with Nathaniel Stern and Kris Bones
Fusing AI-powered verse, spoken word, original music and visuals all in generative composition, this playful ode to our universal language centers on a transhuman poem by Stiles’ AI alter ego, Technelegy, voiced as zeroes and ones, layered with human- and machine-generated sound – evoking ancient data transmissions in the oral tradition as well as the immersive potential of multisensorial, multimedia, metaversal language and literature. Brought into existence via the blockchain, it is a new form of “token word poetry.”
Published on QuantumArt, Sept. 8, 2022
A long AI-powered poem published as a collection of 30 1/1 media-rich artworks. Each textblock, representing a single stanza, exists as a standalone visual poem that is inextricably connected to every other piece. Features original music and sound design by Kris Bones.
Published on fxhash, July 2022, 500 editions
A one-time generative poetry performance of a transhuman text by Sasha Stiles and her AI alter ego, Technelegy – read and unread by an algorithm authored by Nathaniel Stern. Every hash transforms one of 353 lines of AI-written poetry from legible letters into wordless language, generating a unique textblock from millions of possible combinations; each algorithmic translation unwrites itself, forever.
2021, Edition of 1
A digital broadside of an original poem first published by "Always Crashing" in 2019 and subsequently nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. This piece was created from a manuscript page proof; a still appears in the physical edition of Technelegy.
What does it mean to be a poet? This cycle of acronymic visual poems offers new definitions. Each piece features a unique phrase assembled by a human brain and rendered via digital tools, and comes with a screenshot of a Google search showing there is no existing record of these words in this order.