Mallarmé's Self-replicating Machine: A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance

Donnachie, K and Simionato, A 2018, 'Mallarmé's Self-replicating Machine: A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance', MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 37-49.


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Title Mallarmé's Self-replicating Machine: A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance
Author(s) Donnachie, K
Simionato, A
Year 2018
Journal name MATLIT: Materialities of Literature
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 49
Total pages 13
Publisher Universidade de Coimbra
Abstract This paper explores the artistic legacy of Stéphane Mallarmé's 1897 poem "Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolirà le Hasard" through a selection of derivative works, in order to demonstrate how the poem can be interpreted in digital environments as a self-replicating machine, programmatically facilitating the ongoing production of potentially countless ulterior works, including our own internet recasting called www.athrowofthedicewillneverabolishchance.com. Through a detailed discussion of this work, we will attempt to draw a lineage between Mallarmé's original poem/book of 1897 and Google, incorporated a century later, in 1997. In conclusion, we will speculate on the potential that our interpretation of Mallarmé's work may provide a form of poetry for non-human readers, which we interpret as a metaphysical search for meaning by the kinds of Artificial Intelligence programs currently in development by corporations such as Google.
Subject Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design)
Art History
Electronic Media Art
Keyword(s) electronic literature
generative poetry
remediation
appropriation
Google
DOI - identifier 10.14195/2182-8830_6-1_3
Copyright notice © 2018 Karen ann Donnachie and Andy Simionato. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
ISSN 2182-8830
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