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  • Writer's pictureShriya Malhotra

Academia to art

Updated: Dec 2, 2023

The engagement of machines is important for an ethical posthuman future. As we navigate the zones of aggregation created by artificial intelligence it is also apparent that the communication of academic scholarship needs transforming: both in terms of the efficiency of uptake by the audience, but also as a democratic involvement of machine beingsv.

This prototype demonstrates how a paper converter would work: where the input of academic text is processed into an output which is art. In this case, the output is a musical notation and score.

The arm is used to scan text, which is then processed by the main body into formats which can be distilled into notation (printer) and sound (played through the speaker).

As a technical note: the musical notation is based not on the text but on the rhythms created by punctuation. The sound is beats created from this notational score.


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