Computational Poetry, hosted by Debbie Ding

This class is part of The School of Uncommon Knowledge

Combine the novels of favourite and most hated authors to see what they sound like. Generate variations on a existing poem, or churn out realistic spoof news headlines. Compile all the words written to you from a former lover or lost friend and feed it in to produce a text message almost like one they would have sent to you in the past.

Entrust the machine with the role of assisting you in generating incomprehensible and terrifying poetry!


All students must bring a laptop (any modern computer will usually work) and a few texts.

Suitable texts could include:

PDFs of books, a text file containing chat transcripts, websites with a lot of text, a series of emails, sms or messenger chat logs, or even a physical copy of a printed text (which can be easily scanned and OCRed on the spot).

About Debbie Ding

Debbie Ding is a visual artist and technologist working between Singapore and London. She reworks and reappropriates formal, qualitative approaches to collecting, labelling, organising, and interpreting assemblages of information – using this to open up possibilities for alternative constructions of knowledge. Works take the form of computer-aided investigations into archaeological and historical finds, as well as studies of changing features within urban geography.


All classes in A Home for the Arts run on barter. When registering please select one (or more) of the following that you would like to give in exchange for the class.

  • Teach me how to fish
  • Teach me your secret recipe, or an old family recipe
  • Teach me how to read the Chinese Almanac 通書/通勝 (Tong Shu / Tong Sheng)
  • Old equipment such as USB webcams (eg: PlayStation 3 Eye Camera / Logitech C910 or C920 Webcam), Microsoft Kinect sensors, or Nintendo Wiimotes and Sensor bar
  • Virtual digital currency (such as Bitcoin or Second Life Linden)
  • Whatever you think is appropriate and would like to suggest - I am interested in learning more about chinese folk religions, malay folk religions, cooking/baking/making kueh, high-rise gardening, and also collecting rocks, fossils and minerals.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

7pm - 9pm

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