Eran Hadas – English

Hi, how are you? My name is Eran Hadas.

I am a poet, software developer and new media artist from Tel-Aviv. I build computer based poetry generators that utilize the internet for their input. I call what I do “Augmented Poetry”, enabling humans to manipulate the material of language by employing automated algorithms.

I have also been publishing some more conventional books, all in Hebrew. I was responsible for the biggest hoax in the history of Hebrew poetry,  Tzeela Katz. I was the 2016 poet in residence at Binyamin Gallery Tel-Aviv, and the 2017 Schusterman artist in residence at Caltech. Check out the Computational Literature course page.

I am a lecturer at Tel-Aviv University and Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, and The College of the Literary Arts Jerusalem. I teach a course titled Poetic Computation and various other classes binding art, computer science and digital culture. I also give a mini-workshop on Machine Learning for artists at Betzalel/HUJI. In the past I taught at Hamidrasha.

Please visit my Blog (in English) or check out the Poetry International page (with links to poems) I was lucky to receive.

Selected Art Projects

The Electronic Curator
A collaborative project by Eran hadas and Eyal Gruss
2017

An algorithm captures a human face, generates a corresponding vegetable portrait, adding a curator’s text analyzing it. Based on Cycle-GAN

Frankie
A collaborative project by Maayan Sheleff, Eran hadas and Gal Eshel
2013/4

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.
More on Frankie

Wikiland
A collaborative project by The Turing Dames
2014

Wikiland is an arena for physical Wikipedia edit wars.
More on Wikiland

Listening to The Enemy
A collaborative project by Eran Hadas and Lior Zalmanson
2015

An alternative audio guide to the Israel Museum given by people who cannot enter the country.

More on Listening to The Enemy

Mind Your Poem
A collaborative project by Eran Hadas, Eyal Gruss, Gilat Parag
2013/4

A computer uses EEG to read human brainwaves and generate a corresponding poem.

Books

I have published six books so far. My newest one, “Code”, is a book that was programmed to reveal all the haiku poems in the Pentateuch, or The Torah in Hebrew. Check it out on the blog.

My first book, “Heavy Meta”, introduced avatar poetry, through a fictitious female character named “Tzeela Katz”, writing about life within the world wide web.

My second book, “Era?” (which is THE sexting code word in Hebrew) is also by avatar Tzeela Katz, yet it is a wiki-site, which means anyone can edit any of the poems. Some had!

My third book, “People You May Know”, consists of computer-generated poems, some without any human touch, while others introduce cooperation between a human writer and a computer one.

My fourth book, “Center” was written in memory of my father, who died of cancer (in Hebrew, center is an anagram of cancer). It was written during a single day, inside a Tel-Aviv major shopping center, known as “The Center”. I wrote it live on the internet, into a google doc, open to the public, so that people followed the writing process as it happened,thus helping me to edit and improve it.

My fifth book, “The Space Bar”, is all about cyberskepticism.

I publish regularly in Israel’s top 2 poetry periodicals, Maayan (pluralist postmoderna) and Dhak (high modernism).

Augmented Poetry

Several of my artworks have been displayed or presented in various museums in Israel, such as the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, the Jerusalem Bloomfield Science Museum, and the Museum of Bat-Yam, as well as in galleries such as Tel-Aviv Center for Contemporary Art, Contemporary By Golconda Tel-Aviv, Shenkar Gallery and many more. I have been a co-curator of “1024 Gallery”, an online new media art gallery that has been part of Israel’s most popular web portal, “Walla”.

My Augmented Poetry projects focus on the equation algorithms + data = poetry…

On the algorithmic side I deal with poetry generators, computer programs that output constraint-based, unoriginal, pseudo-random texts which I call poetry if the output or the process are mind-blowing.

Among my poetry generators are chat bots, such as a Hebrew version of Eliza, the virtual therapist, or her female teenage Hebrew L33t speaker counterpart, Lizetush. Other projects construct poems according to guidelines and constraints, such as the Zen-poem generator that follows the directions of Maimonides’ guide for the perplexed, as well as more general-purpose algorithms to generate poetry by Computer science methods, such as Markov chains, semantic chains, neural network approaches and others.

On the data side I deal with the network topography, the way in which data-flakes stick, cling, depart, fold and unfold in the vast data storm of the new Golem we call the Internet. The projects focus on the links, the interactions and the capability (or incapability) to mash it all up. My best well-known work is “Maybe Attending”, an interactive net-based fairy-tale performance, based on Bertolt Brecht’s plays “Der Jasager” and “Der Neinsager”. The show features a mash-up of videos and texts that lead the protagonist on a journey through the web, based onthe audience members live votes on Facebook.

Augmented Poetry Manifesto
Augmented Poetry (Augpo), a manifesto:
A contemporary poet should master algorithms and data structures, to create internet poetry that asserts its state as an image of the age:
1. Algorithmic Poetry (aesthetics as an algorithm)
2. Conceptual Poetry (aesthetics in the algorithm)
3. Data-Oriented Poetry
4. Mashup Poetry
5. Hyperpoetry
6. Identity Challenging Poetry (Collaborative Poetry, Avatar Poetry etc.)
7. Culture Challenging Poetry

Selected Press

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