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Dead Writers’ Society #1 – Philosophy & Magic

June 28, 2023 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CEST

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Spend an hour with Charlene Putney - together we'll make collective art of the future from fragments of the past.

There’s a lot of hype around writing and AI lately. Some folks are excited about productivity gains. Some folks regard the whole idea with horror. But there’s a whole world of experimental writing with AI outside of the mainstream.

In this 3-part series we’re going to explore and delve into the collective unconscious. Part séance, part archaeology dig – in this series we’ll work in the tradition of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin with a new form of digital cut-up technique: writing with fine-tuned language models trained to write in the “voices” of specific long-dead writers to see what future art we can scry from fragments of the past. 

These sessions will be highly creative and participatory: we’ll be making new work together as a temporary collective. Whatever we create will be created by all of us. Your presence is your signature. 

No prior reading required. No homework. All you need is a computer connected to the internet and a keen sense of curiosity. Just pure, fizzing, human-pattern-recognition-machine creative sparks flying! Join us?

Session One: Philosophy & Magic -> Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations”, Tao Te Ching, Consolation of Philosophy, Aleister Crowley, and more… Wednesday June 28th 2023.

Session Two: Horror Novels & Short Stories -> Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, HP Lovecraft, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla”, and more…. Wednesday July 26th 2023.

Session Three: Poetry & Experimental Fiction -> Emily Dickinson, William Burroughs & Brion Gysin’s “The Third Mind”, Nostradamus’ Prophecies, artistic manifestos and more… Wednesday August 30th 2023.


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June 28, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CEST
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