Chris Joseph

When One Hundred Million Million Poems Just Isn't Enough

This piece extends Raymond Queneau’s seminal 1961 piece ‘Cent mille milliards de pomes’. It uses 14 conjunctions, 207 pronouns/names, 584 verbs, 362 adjectives, 100 colour names, 1258 nouns, 4 punctuation symbols, 16,777,216 colours and up to 60 lines to create a potential of 310,000,000,000,000,000 million (310 sextillion) variations.


This piece extends Raymond Queneau's seminal 1961 piece 'Cent mille milliards de pomes'. It uses 14 conjunctions, 207 pronouns/names, 584 verbs, 362 adjectives, 100 colour names, 1258 nouns, 4 punctuation symbols, 16,777,216 colours and up to 60 lines to create a potential of 310,000,000,000,000,000 million (310 sextillion) variations.

Chris Joseph [chrisjoseph.org] is a British/Canadian writer and artist who works primarily with electronic text, sound and image., , His past projects include 'NRG', a bicycle-powered interactive multimedia narrative created during his time as the first Digital Writer-in-Residence at the Institute of Creative Technologies in De Montfort University, Leicester, UK; 'Animalamina', a collection of interactive multimedia poetry for children funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage; and the interactive multimedia fiction series 'Inanimate Alice', one of several collaborations with Canadian author Kate Pullinger, that include 'The Breathing Wall' (a novel that responds to the reader's rate of breathing) and the collaborative digital fiction series 'Flight Paths'., , He has been awarded the IBM Prize for New Media and was the recipient of the first 'Premio per l'Arte Digitale' for his work on Inanimate Alice, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Culture, Department for Cultural and Environmental Heritage, National Museum for 21st Century Arts and the Fondazione Rosselli., , He is editor of the post-Dada magazine and artist network 391.org, and the collaborative digital art and literature remixing site remixworx.com.

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