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I found myself taking advantage of cheap flight tickets, and flying to Berlin once a month for three months in a row, my last trip aimed at State Festival, where the short film about Frankie was screened as part of the film collection.
I had the pleasure of participating in a very interesting international group exhibition in the Israeli Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Tel-Aviv. The exhibition was titled: WHATMAN: leaving traces deleted. It was curated by PASSE-AVANT, and the participants were asked to respond to the book Life a User’s Manual by Georges Perec (1978).
I had the honor and privilege of taking part in the Łódź Innovative Poetries – Innovations in Poetry conference, with inspiring poetry and poetics. My talk was titled: The Consequences and Biases of Computational Poetry…
My seventh poetry book in Hebrew is out(Gnat Publishing, 2016). It is titled Testimony (subtitled “Java and prejudice”) and is conceptual and algorithmic. It is the output of a Java 8 program, that scans the Hebrew Wikipedia category of Israeli poets, and then for each one of tries to guess their gender and ethnic origin.
Dr. Adriana X. Jacobs (Oxford University) gave an amazing talk about Extreme Translation at Binyamin Gallery. The talk lasted for about an hour, but then Q&A took an additional hour, where the audience just didn’t want her to step down of the stage.
I had the honor and pleasure of taking part in the POPełnione – Pop Pop Pop series of pop-up exhibitions, taking place in Warsaw, Poland. Curated by Tusia Dabrowska and Aleksandra Szczodry, the series examined Warsaw as an artistic crossroad between cultures and artists.
Overhear is an electronic poetry toy by Tusia Dabrowska and Eran Hadas. The user just says something to the microphone of his computer. Anything. The web browser listens to it and forms a poem…
Shapereader is a language designed by Ilan Manouach. It consists of a limited repertoire of shapes that offer tactile equivalents for words and meanings. It was designed with the goal of allowing the creation of narrative works of tactile literature for and from a visually impaired readership.
Binyamin Gallery is an independent artist-run art gallery located in the newly established gallery district in south Tel-Aviv. The gallery aims to display, err, taste, mix-up, and surprise. In alignment with their mission statement, they invited me to be the gallery’s 2016 poet-in-residence…
I was selected, along with 40 other unique Israeli artists to be part of the Israeli Creators project, a series of short documentary films by Shachaf Dekel.
A bi-annual poetry festival has been held in Tel-Aviv since 2007, and I have been both an avid fan and a regular participant in it since its inception. This year’s festival was very special for me, as I managed to organize the first event in an Israeli festival that was dedicated to what I see as contemporary poetry. The title I gave the event was “Between Computational Poetry and Poetic Computation”.
Composer Dganit Elyakim has created a musical piece out of my book Code, and The Teiva music club held a special concert for excerpts from it. The entire adaptation of the book of Genesis is 372 min long. “Cod++(e, a).choose” (Pronounced Code/Coda) consists of 1595 miniatures for a text-to-speech application, an automated piano, electronically-generated sounds and ready-made audio samples, based not only on my poetry book Code, but also on the software program used to create it…
I had the honor and pleasure of giving a writer’s talk at The Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT) Programme, as part of the 2015 Prismatic Translation conference. So many great talks…
I had the honor to give a presentation/performance in Athens, Greece, at the Green Park conference titled “Institutions, Politics, Performance”.

Word2Dream is a computer program that enables slow reading of a text by showing the viewer the associative thinking process of an algorithm

How Does The Israel Museum Look Through The Eyes Of a Morrocan Guy Or Malaysian Woman? Eran Hadas and Lior Zalmanson created an audio guide composed entirely of the thoughts and impressions of people forbidden to enter the country

The Lost Paradise, directed by Lilach Dekel-Avneri, is a theatrical play that won Best Production at the 2014 Acre Festival. The show consists of 10 performing artists, each occupying a room where they perform their own interpretation to a certain aspect of the play. My room was Prometheus’ Information room. Throughout the 95 minute long play, a computer program I wrote spied after the audience.

Tsibi Geva, one of Israel’s most prominent and influential artists, has been selected to present “Archeology of the Present” in the Israeli Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Geva asked me, or rather gave me the honor, to contribute my poem “Chain” to the show’s catalog.

The Computing Body – A 36 hour workshop with Daniel Landau and myself, took place at the Kelim Center, Bat-Yam, Greater Tel-Aviv. The intention was to create choreography of the body using algorithms, but we decided it would be beneficial to have software developers and new media artists participate alongside dancers, choreographers and performance artists.

In the past few months I have been collaborating with Keren Katz on some comics.
We started with a comic based on my story 134 Mahanaim St., the address of the building I was born in. It tells a tale that is based on my earliest memory. My mom sent me to get some milk from the grocery store, but I failed.

Starting November 2014, the Brodsky Gallery at the Kelly Writers House hosts an exhibition by Keren Katz called Uncontested Spaces. In the opening reception, Keren discussed her works, but I was also invited to present my book Code as a new “Uncontested Space”. Video Inside.

Code is a book that was programmed to reveal all the haiku poems in the Pentateuch, or The Torah in Hebrew, which is the foundation of the Jewish holy law and behavioral code of conduct. They say Ezra Pound was Writing, while John Cage was Writing Through. This book is Writing Through Code.

Frankie is a documentary robot that interviews people, attempting to “learn” what it means to be human. It responds to certain emotions both with language and “eye/camera” movements, creating computer generated, emotion inspired videos. The videos are uploaded to a website, forming an archive of the robot’s research.
Frankie was built in collaboration with Maayan Sheleff and Gal Eshel.

Poetry for me is based upon exploring and practicing language. Therefore, I am attracted to programming in general, and specifically to the evolution of programming languages. I code for living, but also for the poetics. And so I found myself giving a full-day workshop on Java 8 in DevGeekWeek – A popular conference, which is basically a week of geeks teaching code.

Soup Of Life – A toolkit for Creating Primitive Virtual Life by Eran Hadas and Omer Markovitch. The audience is invited to squirt RGB colored ketchup-like liquids into a primordial soup bowl and create life from their own recipe!

Wikiland is an arena for physical Wikipedia edit wars, a project by Turing Dames ft. Mahanaim 134 / Lushkit.

The Text Festival in Bury, Greater Manchester, UK, is an internationally recognized event investigating contemporary language art (poetry, text art, sound and media text, live art). On May 2014 I had the honor to participate in it, in the “Sound Science and Automation” event.

Biku is a form of poetry. Similarly to Haiku, it’s short and comprised of 3 lines, but the difference is that two out of the three lines are required to be the same, to the ear, the eye, or both, but meaning differently.