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The Word Shelter
Shelter built in 2023 by Shaun Bullens for DPPP
Mahogany, copper, glass, Vestaboard
The Word Shelter is a sign facing Broadway right next to the bus stop. Texts will be crafted by a variety of wordsmiths all year!
Despite being about to be swept aside by the everywhere-and-all-for-0.001% Generative Pre-Trained Transformer(s), John Cayley persists as a human maker of language art in networked and programmable media. He has published books of poetry and translation, and a collection of essays, Grammalepsy, its title naming one of writing's many pathologies. Meanwhile, Cayley has explored dynamic and ambient poetics, heuristic (as opposed to GPT-occult) text generation, transliteral morphing, aestheticized vectors of reading, and transactive synthetic language (as in ‘smart speakers’ and listeners). More academically, he is now investigating what language is, and is doing so in the context of ongoing philosophically-informed, practice-based research. An augmented and reconfigured edition of his digital language art poetry collection, Image Generation, was published by Counterpath Press, 2023. Those more curious about his work are often encouraged to visit nllf.net. Cayley is Professor of Literary Arts at Providence’s own Brown University.
- Personal site programmatology.com
- @programmatology (old-school IG only)
PAST WORD SHELTER ARTISTS
S. Tourjee is a writer and artist living in Providence RI. They are the author of Sam Says, Sam, published by Spuyten Duyvil; two chapbooks: Ghost and When Tongue Was Muscle, both published by Anomalous Press; and Record Of, an ongoing archival and poetry project. More at stourjee.com
BIO: hey folks!! my name is naffisatou koulibaly ((everyone calls me naffi for short)) and I am the newest resident at Dirt Palace! I was born and raised in various parts of RI, but since high school, I've been central to Providence. my body of work includes lots and lots of poetry–which has always been my one true love. these days it feels like all I have to show of this love is a collection of unfinished poems that I hope one day to return to and complete. although, I know, as do many other poets, that a poem is never truly finished. my writing is interested in examining the phenomenon of growing up. to put it another way, i like talking about the inherent heartbreak of being a 23 year old girl and everything that makes the experience so beautiful and tragic.
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