I Create Like the Word: Poetry in the Age of Machine Intelligence (Paperback)
What does the rise of artificial intelligence mean for creative industries?
As digital technologies in language modeling and generative visualization become increasingly sophisticated, questions about originality and the role these emerging tools play in art and culture take crucial positions in not just today's discourse, but for generations to come. In a collection of essays and interviews from Jesse Damiani, I Create Like the Word explores these topics through expert panels of AI developers, artists, researchers, and curators as well as through an ekphrastic process where original art weaves an exchange between human and machine, emphasizing the relationship between prompt and craft.This puts us at an emerging trailhead of poetics that asks us to face the role computers have within our own very ancient, very human traditions: the role of the poet and sublime expression. Support from OpenAI, compelling programming.
This title has received a grant from OpenAI, who also provided the underlying generative technology used in the creation of the book, and will be well-positioned for a variety of literary and art world-facing events, including gallery panel discussions, bookfair placements between AWP and the LA Times Festival of Books, and at independent booksellers across the United States. We encourage contributors to participate with us in the release process of I Create Like the Word.
About the Author
Jesse Damiani is a writer, curator, and advisor in new media art and emerging technologies. He is Senior Curator and Director of Simulation Literacies at Nxt Museum; Arts and Culture Advisor for Protocol Labs; and the Host of Adobe's Taking Shape, a hub for 3D art and design. An Affiliate of the metaLAB at Harvard and Institute for the Future, his essays and interviews appear in Architectural Design, Big Think, Billboard, Flash Art, Forbes, NBC News, Quartz, Right Click Save, The Verge, and WIRED. He was Founder and served for many years as Series Editor of Best American Experimental Writing (Weselayan University Press), and his poetry appears in Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, North American Review, PANK, and elsewhere. Recent curated exhibitions include Lilypads: Mediating Exponential Systems at Nxt Museum; PROOF OF ART at Francisco Carolinum Linz, the first museum retrospective on the history of NFTs; Synthetic Wilderness at Honor Fraser Gallery; and Simulation Sketchbook: Works in Process at Feral File/Vellum LA. He formerly served as Editor-at-Large of VRScout, XR Curator at the Games for Change Festival, and Director of Emerging Technology and Insight at Southern New Hampshire University, where he led the Future of Work initiative. He is the founder of Postreality Labs, a strategic sensemaking studio and consultancy based in Los Angeles, CA.