Oeuvre hypermédiatique
Lede

Lede est un générateur de texte de Nick Montfort inspiré par un article de fait divers paru en novembre 2012. L'article en question, qui avait fait sensation sur le Web, commençait par cette phrase: «While sitting on the toilet, a jobless Scottish man had an idea: Why not dress as a giraffe and do good deeds for people?»1

Le générateur de Montfort produit des phrases sur ce même modèle en utilisant une banque de termes sélectionnés par l'artiste. Chaque nouvelle phrase est ainsi générée à partir de six variables, identifiées dans le code source de l'oeuvre: «absurd_situation», «sad_descriptor», «nationality», «man_or_woman», «silly_character» et «interact_with». Les phrases obtenues sont éminemment absurdes, tout comme le fait divers dont elles s'inspirent. (Voir la section «Citations» ci-dessous pour quelques exemples.)

Relation au projet: 

Tentative d'épuisement de la structure d'un discours par un générateur de texte. 

Discours / Notes: 

Based on a True Story

Citation: 

While buying lottery tickets, an unstylish Belizian man had an idea: Why not dress as a microbe and interrogate people? While being strip-searched in the airport, a big-boned Micronesian senior citizen had an idea: Why not dress as a carnivorous plant and dance for people? While watching happy-slapping videos online, an unstylish Icelandic woman had an idea: Why not dress as a pirate king and wink at people? While burning trash, a cockeyed Canadian teenager had an idea: Why not dress as a Deadhead and laugh at people? While selecting produce, an overly trusting Turkish man had an idea: Why not dress as a skyscraper and vigorously encourage people? While double-parking, a clumsy Icelandic teenager had an idea: Why not dress as a Deadhead and wink at people? While buying lottery tickets, an antisocial Belgian man had an idea: Why not dress as Benjamin Franklin and pray with people? While stepping over a street pizza, an unstylish Turkish senior citizen had an idea: Why not dress as a Deadhead and interrogate people? While watching happy-slapping videos online, an overly trusting Micronesian man had an idea: Why not dress as a ninja and imitate people? While burning trash, a big-boned Belizian senior citizen had an idea: Why not dress as a carnivorous plant and soothe people? While being strip-searched in the airport, an unstylish Micronesian woman had an idea: Why not dress as Professor Snape and wave to people? While selecting produce, a cockeyed Welsh senior citizen had an idea: Why not dress as a skyscraper and imitate people? While being strip-searched in the airport, an unstylish Scottish woman had an idea: Why not dress as a giraffe and handle snakes with people?