Poetrishy is an ambitious laboratory for radical experiments with poetry, language modelling, and computation. It is a multilingual and multidisciplinary online space where experimental poetry drives new methods, ideas, and approaches in areas such as natural language processing and artificial intelligence.
Poetrishy is the convolution of poetry and mathematics.
Through a process of mutual modification and influence, Poetrishy seeks new modes of knowledge generation.
Poetrishy = poetry ⨂ maths
In mathematics, ⨂ is the symbol for convolution, a process whereby two functions, say ‘f’ and ‘g’, convolute to express a third function, ‘h’. Both ‘f’ and ‘g’ are modified by each other during the process.
Poetry is the most advanced use of abstract verbal communication. Mathematical models are the most advanced abstraction for communicating logic. Poetrishy begins by blurring the boundaries that divide these two modes of abstraction, generating new insights with the potential to cross-pollinate these, and emerging, fields of practice. Some important questions Poetrishy wants to formulate with the help of artists and technologists, are:
Each edition will feature a mix of approximately 20 invited works and contributor-collaborators, selected from an open call. The selection process will be done by the editors and invited reviewers, according to the ‘manifesto’ and our ‘open questions’.
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Twice yearly, Poetrishy will publish the results of these explorations in a variety of forms, including poems, essays, digital productions, interviews, mathematical models, and other experimental formats that fit our editorial manifesto.
# 1 is planned for the summer of 2021
Poetrishy aims to build an internationally collaborative network of contributors publishing in English, Portuguese, and Spanish (more languages may follow as the project develops).
We accept poems, essays, digital productions, algorithms and any experimental works that are related to the equation:
Poetrishy = poetry ⨂ maths
We seek cutting-edge pathways by which writers, thinkers, scientists, mathematicians, and experimentalists of all kinds can come together in co-creative experimentation.
Poetrishy is an ambitious project. By creating a lab space that blends poetic and mathematical expression, it will help develop novel approaches at the nexus of both poetry and maths.
Poetrishy is based in Bristol, UK, a thriving area of creative technology, at the vanguard of international arts and technology research.
Mauro Fazion - Editor
Mauro has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina, and a Postdoc on "Social Network Analysis" at University of London, Queen Mary College. He is the author of the poetry collections Olhos cegos (2004), Duplo duble (2002) and Helenos (1998), co-editor of “BABEL – Poetry, Translation and Critic Magazine’ (2000 to 2003), editor of “Literature - Oitenta & Quatro”, Elisabete Anderle Culture Award (2015), director of experimental films, including ‘Bruxas’ (awarded by Embrafilme in 1987). He was a contributor with experimental poems at “Maths Poems”, from “The Mathematics of Poetry”, a cross-disciplinary project sponsored by the Brigstow Institute (Small Press, Bristol, UK, 2019). Founder of telecom and automation companies, postgraduate programme coordinator (IoT, Datacentre, Digital Design), developer of the awarded automation software Datafaz DCIM - DCD Awards 2012, besides several other academic papers.
Rebecca Kosick - Co-Editor
Rebecca Kosick co-directs the Bristol Poetry Institute and founded the Indisciplinary Poetics Research Cluster at the University of Bristol. Senior Lecturer in Translation at the University of Bristol and Program Director of the MA in Translation, she has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. Rebecca is the author of Labor Day (Golias Books 2020) and Material Poetics in Hemispheric America: Words and Objects, 1950-2010 (Edinburgh University Press 2020) and has published numerous articles, essays, and other fragments that address, translate, or are themselves poetry.
Russel Britton - Designer & Web Developer
Russel has been working on projects for big brands such as Netflix, Puffin Books and Sega, designing and creating web pages across various regions worldwide and working with both clients and stakeholders. Being an individual who enjoys experimentation, he has been responsible for creating new functionality to web pages and is currently involved in a project that combines social physics, social cognitive neuroscience, systems theory and machine learning in order to analyse networks of people. Russel has a BA Graphic Communication & Typography at Plymouth University and FdA Graphic Design with Interactive Multimedia at City of Bristol College.
Andres Anwandter - Co-Editor (Latin America – Spanish)
Poet and educational researcher, Andrés currently is “Visiting Research Associate” at School of Education, University of Bristol. Author of 9 poetry collections in Spanish, among them Especies intencionales (Quid Ediciones, Chile, 2001 – Municipal Prize/Poetry 2002) Square Poems (Writers Forum, UK, 2002), Banda sonora (Calabaza del Diablo, Chile, 2006 – Critics' Prize/Poetry 2007) and Materia gris (Overol, Chile, 2019 – Best Literary Works Prize/Poetry 2020). Recipient of research grants from CNCA (Chile) in 2011 and 2013 for carrying out literature reviews on early literacy and poetry teaching; Becas Chile scholarship (CONICYT – National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research) for pursuing a Doctoral Degree in the UK, and Santander Travel Grant for carrying out fieldwork in Chile in 2015.
Ademir Demarchi - Co-Editor (Brazil/Portugal)
Ademir has a PhD in Brazilian Literature from USP – University of São Paulo. A literature activist, he is the editor of the poetry magazine BABEL (15 editions published, since 2000 and 1st place out of 170 projects by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil in 2010). Editor of the “Sereia Ca(n)tadora” (more than 30 books published by hand). Ademir is author of several essays and books of poetry: “Os mortos na sala de jantar (Realejo, 2007), Pirão de sereia (poesia reunida, Realejo, 2012), O amor é lindo (Patuá, 2016) and Gambiarra – Uma pinguela para o futuro do pretérito (Urutau, 2018); “Siri na lata (Realejo, 2015); “Espantalhos” (Editora Nave, 2018), “Contrapoéticas” (Editora Nave), “Louvores Gozosos” (Olaria Cartonera); “Cemitério da Filosofia - Preceitos da dúvida”, “In Fuck We Trust”, (Urutau).
Johanna Darque - Co-Editor (English)
Poet, publisher and interdisciplinary researcher. She established Small Press in 2018, publishing new poetry and experimental writing in Bristol, UK. Small Press ran and published the cross-disciplinary project Maths Poems, bringing together mathematicians and poets to explore the possibility of expressing poetic concepts in mathematical language and vice versa.