At the moment I first post this page, I explore only “artist statement” / “postmodern” gibberish generators (as other examples, I have myself coded a gibberish word generator, and with my Son had fun producing made-up Pokemon names with it). I'd love to port the generator to javascript and create a web page from it. Many others have also coded such generators).

Related but laudable is the emerging field of algorithmic art, which I may yet devote an article to. Just one example of it is here (a digital postmodern art generator).

"Artistic" and/or "Literary" nonsense

I hate the utterly impractical, effectively void gobbledy-gook that too often accompanies the “art world,” the pretentious “deep thoughts” whose only true purpose is to feign anoint the High Ones of the Priesthood of Art (see citations below). I have therefore been delighted to discover that folks have created various algorithmic generators designed explicitly to emulate such nonsense (and likewise grieved to find anyone who takes them serious as actual tools to create “usable,” uh, “writing” from them 1-2). Follows a list of those I have found.

Criticism of art elitism:

Compare anything generated from any of the above tools to any “serious” seemingly similar writing about art or literature (or philosophy, or whatever) that you can find. Is it not fairly easy to conclude that these computer (or algorithm) generated statements are equally valuable (meaning, of no value other than entertaining lampooning)? It is my strong opinion that the answer is “YES,” and so this is my earnest recommendation to anyone who takes such gobbledy-gook seriously: wherase it is self-evident that such gobbledy-gook does not contribute anything useful to humanity, and your energies would so much better serve humanity in so many other fields, please withdraw from all activities that enable this nonsense, and divert your energies instead to improving other people's lives, by, for example, creating art and then writing simple and straightforward statements about it, if indeed any statements at all.

For your entertainment, also follows the output of the first listed “artistic” gibberish generator (minor typos were corrected, and some long-winded flourish was added to the finish, by yours truly). It does not actually represent anything about me, or not that I'm aware or would care to explore.


Alex Hall (United States) creates mixed media artworks and installations. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, Hall makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image.

His work urges us to renegotiate mixed media art as being part of a reactive or–at times–autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

His works question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, he creates, with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception, and has to reconsider his biased position.

His works never show the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine ones own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality constructs that arbitrate any seeming supporting metaphysical context, and that variations of reality constructs are as infinitely variable as one's one pre-imagined diversities.

Hall lives in Provo, Utah.

"Scientific" nonsense

"Literate" nonsense

  • https://github.com/schollz/poetry-generator–generated a poem which, despite being pure nonsense, received glowing feedback at a poetry web site, and was published in one of U.S.' oldest and most serious poetry compendiums! See the demo linked from the description in that page.
  • I know I found something capable of generating entire fake Shakespeare plays. I'll post it here when I find it again.

My output from schollz' (fake and nonsense) poetry generator:

A diamond within ivory by A Computer, August 30 2015

I was without doubt the astronaunt bird there in the misunderstood region when it looked me with its real horse eyes:! It had neither heart nor mouth but cork rituals on its sides? If you were not the nectarine the verdure moon, cooks, sprinkling its apple across the moonlight evening the mud fluidic martyrs are rejected.

Inside cinnamon water and burnt umber apples the water infinite pins are wiped anger and telegraph - railroad tracks of anger shadows of a windy ship, unguessed as a rambunctious elephant. You respond slowly? Into a archipeligos. To love your business I do not demolist in the land of demonic thorn tree

and you relax like a light.

Citations:

  • 1 “..such excessive art jargon seems only to “grant power and prestige to a minority of privileged insiders while trying to withhold access by the rest of us.” “Galleries: let's ditch the artspeak and artybollocks,” theguardian.com, cited 08/06/2015 02:25:28
  • 2 “Rule, who writes about politics for leftwing journals as well as art for more mainstream ones, believes IAE is partly about power. 'IAE serves interests,' she says. However laughable the language may seem to outsiders, to art-world people, speaking or writing in IAE can be a potent signal of insider status.” theguardian.com, cited 08/06/2015 03:40:16 PM.
  • 3 “Of this English upper-middle class speech we may note (a) that it is not localised in any one place, (b) that though the people who use this speech are not all acquainted with one another, they can easily recognise each other’s status by this index alone, © that this elite speech form tends to be imitated by those who are not of the elite, so that other dialect forms are gradually eliminated, (d) that the elite, recognising this imitation, is constantly creating new linguistic elaborations to mark itself off from the common herd.” International Art English (essay at canopycanopycanopy.com), cited 08/06/2015 03:42:38 PM.
  • 4 Cover letter from press release agency: “For six months now, BANK have been seeking to create an improvement in the style and content of Press Releases. We have been correcting them gramatically and theoretically, suggesting improvements where necessary, marking them out of ten, and then faxing them back. In some cases there has been an improvement but generally the standard remains very low. PRESS RELEASE may seem to be a flippant, 'good natured' joke, but the amusing aspects to the project are merely irrelevant side-effects to what is a serious investigation into the sinister implications of this particular linguistic manifestation. In these Press Releases the use of meaningless Derridean (man)erisms; bad grammar, punctuation and sentence construction; various attempts at corporate authoritarianism; badly thought out (non) theory and jargon, jostle meaninglessly with each other for space on the page: a mixture of cultural studies doggerel and art administrative after-dinner chat, it is a language born of and spoken by ciphers. Ciphers or not, the aspect of this new language which is most worrying is not it's meaninglessness, but rather that as a new bureaucratic meta-language it now hovers above (or below) a variety of meanings — any meaning. Like a butterfly it can descend on whichever colour or variety of political thought, ethics or morality it desires. The people who speak it have given up responsibility for it's meaning - the language itself chooses what it means. Consequently: 'This show deals with identity and gender..' could mean, I want the person who is writing this to be successful. I want you to like them. I want you to provide them with a flat in the Barbican, or it could mean, 'Could you place another dob of mayonnaise on their avocado?'; or, it could mean, 'Take these people, who I find disgusting, to a deserted and dusty area and kill every one of them.'”
 
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