mémoire involuntaire no. 1

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This text begins as a short memory, recalled and composed by the author. Periodically and involuntarily the words are replaced in real-time by synonyms and coordinate terms extracted from the Wordnet database. After a certain amount of time has elapsed the text enters a second state where it attempts to "remember" its original form, where the text longs to reconstruct the original memory as it was first remembered and composed. In this state (in which it ceaselessly remains), the text attempts to cycle back through the word replacements and is more likely to "remember" than "forget," although there exists the possibility that the text will drift toward new replacements, new significations. As Walter Benjamin once wrote, "Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre." Indeed, this text is an experiment in the involuntary performance of memory - forever departing from the moment of its inscription while forever attempting to return to the script and source of its unfolding.

(Source: Author's description from the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume Two)

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Java is required. Simply open the appropriate folder for your OS and double-click the application. One can close the application by clicking on the word 'stop' in the lower left corner of the screen. Uses Processing, and the RiTa library by Daniel C. Howe.

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Scott Rettberg