Evolution (2014)

Published by OEI editör. Collaboration with Håkan Jonson. 240 pp. English edition of 600 copies. ISBN: 978-91-85905-66-9. With contributions by John Cayley, Maria Engberg, Jesper Olsson, Cecilia Lindhé, Jonas Ingvarsson and Jakob Lien.

Winner of the N.Katherine Hayles award.

Evolution is an online artwork-in-progress designed to emulate the texts and music of poet and artist Johannes Heldén, with the ultimate goal of passing “The Imitation Game Test” as proposed by Alan Turing in 1951. With Evolution we aim to examine and dissect the role of the author; when new poetry that resembles the work of the original author is created or presented through an algorithm, is it possible to make the distinction between “author” and “programmer”? And is it even relevant? When the work of the algorithm is extrapolated to the point where the original author becomes redundant, how does  this affect copyright, legacy, future writings, etc ? The purpose of the work is not to deromanticize or deconstruct the role of the author, but is rather the ongoing exploration itself. Where will it take us, and perhaps more importantly, what will happen along the way? The release of Evolution will mark the end of Johannes Heldén writing poetry books. He has, in a sense, been replaced.