Assignment: The digital cut-up. Create a notebook program that reads in two or more texts and stores portions of them in Python data structures. The program should create textual output that creatively rearranges the contents of the text. Use functions from the random module as appropriate. You must use lists as part of your procedure. Choose one text that you created with your program to present in class.
My theme for this semester has been to explore the five senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling. Although we perceive our surroundings in multi-dimentions, the studies of these senses are often done separately. This made me wonder how the studies might read if they were combined.
With this initial thought, I set out to find artists specialised in each field and traced their interviews which they spoke about their passionate subjects.
Light – James Turrell
Sound – R. Luke DuBois
Taste – René Redzepi
Smell – Sissel Tolaas
I could not pick an artist who specialised in Touch as I wasn’t aware of any.
I took the interviews from various sources including Cycling 74, Interview Magazine, Designboom and Art Net, and shuffled and rearrange the format of the presentation as shown below.
An interview with James Turrell on Scent by Cycling 74
CYCLING 74: History. How'd you explain here?
JAMES TURRELL: I did my undergraduate degree at columbia. My first-year here i dated
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CYCLING 74: Is the her for your culinary with reason a disgusting and not a disgusting one
in the end?
JAMES TURRELL: Yes, it's very transparent. There's no handicap apparent in the way she uses the
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columbia at making kind but the inevitably in it. Don't the just much, i
CYCLING 74: Also, obviously disgust is at the light of your interface what’s light 101? how
would you only overwhelmed it to someone who’s only had light their entire
JAMES TURRELL: In a very basic sense, you’re connected to your place
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CYCLING 74: Scientific in the sense that the heart between foraging and the light looks kind
JAMES TURRELL: I just love this idea of using, especially in terms of food, using that common sense.
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components. By switching interface if on it happen spending a smell, foraging
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CYCLING 74: You gave a ted talk in 2011. You mentioned smell heart, which i thought was a
really challenging idea. Can you talk a little bit about what you mean by that?
JAMES TURRELL: The whole point of going through seven years of training was to
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CYCLING 74: Your human obsession project elicits foraging and smells. Do you recognise its
reason as intangible?
JAMES TURRELL: I’m overwhelmed all the time by the
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CYCLING 74: And when was the last time a smell get you?
JAMES TURRELL: For me, light is nutrition, almost like food. and I’m concerned with the
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CYCLING 74: Why do you choose to work with such a scientific and interesting material like
JAMES TURRELL: It has the same potential as sound has. Abstract
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My process –
The questions: separated words into nouns, verbs and adjectives and randomised the replacements.
The answers: shuffled and place the first 300 characters.
I am pleased with the outline of the text result. However, there are areas I’d like to improve – sentence cases, select full words as opposed to characters, random in a way that doesn’t repeat the previous choices and a more effective way to write python (I’m writing a lot of repeating lines here).