Imagine a world of transparency where all desires are negotiated on a global market and their risks are evaluated and optimized.
The Dadameter is a tool for the profiling of language at large scale and the historical tracking of artistic
and literary movements. It brings about a new alliance between art, science and global finance.
We use up-to-date 2.0 trend analysis and data visualization
technologies, neural networks, graph theory
or quantitative structural linguistics in order to be able to predict the next artistic
Our starting point is twofold:
1) the work of Raymond Roussel, considered as
a precursor of Dada
2) the recent transmutation of language into a global
market ruled by Google et al.
Raymond Roussel - In 1912, Marcel
Duchamp and Francis Picabia attend Roussel's theater
play Impressions d'Afrique whose scandal anticipates
the future Dada performances. Roussel becomes «an
absolute master» for Duchamp and will influence
Dada, Surrealism, OuLiPo or Nouveau Roman.
Homophony - In his posthumous text,
How I Wrote Certain of My Books, Roussel describes his
method: «I chose two similar words. For
example billard and pillard (plunderer).
Then I added to it words similar but taken in two different
directions, and I obtained two almost identical sentences
thus. The two sentences found, it was a question of
writing a tale which can start with the first and finish
by the second.». [more...]