31 Jan

A Translational Poetic Practice

A Translational Poetic Practice
– An essay on the uncreative potential of statistical computer translation.

„At first glance, the resulting phrases seem to exhibit rather random changes in syntax and meaning as compared to the original. But is it really by chance that imagine shifts through think to believe?“

 

Let’s imagine, we chase these words through random languages from all populated continents:
We think that we follow the words of the language of random people throughout the country;
We believe that random people throughout the country following language words.
We, language, people across the country continue to believe that.
We, the language, who continue to believe in the country.
We still believe in this country.