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.

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).

Selected Art Projects

Mind Your Poem
A collaborative project by Eran hadas, Eyal Gruss, Gilut Parag and the help of others
2013

Computer generated poems based on a person’s state of mind.

Pitching at the Brainihack! Hackathon @ Google Campus TLV

The user is provided with an EEG brainwave sensor headset, and the interactive poems are formed instantly to reflect their brain activity. The project mimics the creative process of a poet by mining the brain to illustrate emotional content. It manifests how technology can provide insight into our inner-selves, “the last human frontier”.

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mind your poem wired uk magazine february 2014

Website: http://mindyourpoem.com

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

Frankie- the trailer! from Frankie on Vimeo.

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 is a form of “automatic” documentation that allegedly excludes the artist or the curator as an author, questioning notions of representation and participation. A well-exposed surveillance camera, it deliberately brings to the surface issues of agency, control and privacy, and their presence in a world in which every second is documented and mediated. It reflects upon our relationships with the machines that dominate our lives, and the manner in which we choose to perform and present ourselves in the digital age.

Maybe Attending
A collaborative project by Turing Dames
2011-2013

An interactive web-based opera – a virtual journey that traces fears stemming from the influence of technology, inspired by Brecht’s educational plays “He Said Yes” and “He Said No”. The work incorporates materials drawn from virtual environments, such as prophetic texts dealing with the future of mankind on the web, images and animations. The opera is performed as a live show that is accompanied by music composed in real time by a computer. In the course of the plot, the audience is asked to decide between total devotion to technology or renunciation of it.

A Man Will Keep On Being
A collaborative project by Mahanaim 134
2012

A video mashup of Israel’s legendary poet Avraham Shlonsky, in his youth and adulthood, “reciting” “A Man Will Keep On Being” – a poetic dialog between him and himself on time, poetry, excitement, decay and forgetfulness.
Shlonsky’s poems are hard to find on the internet, so a new poem had to be devised, where as he merely reads it, but nonetheless expresses his spirit and writing through gestures, appearance and voice. Automatic algorithms assisted editing and manipulation, trying to bring a giant poet back to the center of the stage.

Agent X
A collaborative project by Turing Dames
2013

Agent X

 

Following the death of an Israeli secret agent being exposed in the media, the interent was flooded by thousands of pieces of information regarding the affair, many of which were intentionally false. It was obvious that the freedom and multiplicity of information in the web had been used to hide the real details of the affair. The assumption that nothing can be hidden online was refuted by large amounts of information smokescreening the truth.

Agent X is a meme generator, making use of images taken from Google Images, and texts fed on real-time from Twitter to produce more irrelevant information, thus helping the deliberate interference that prevents us from seeing the real picture.

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