Following the title i-could-have-written-that, the workshops offer a set of writing excercises based on machine learning processes.

(Frankfurt am Main, 11.2016)

Workshop as part of the conference Digital Orders, by An Mertens & Manetta Berends


(Rotterdam, Thursday 07.07.2016)

i-could-have-written-that at Test_Lab, the graduation edition an evening event at V2_, Institute for Unstable Media, by Manetta Berends

documentation of the Test_Lab session

(Rotterdam, Sunday 26.06.2016)

The first two sessions of i-could-have-written-that during Fuzzy Logic, graduation exhibition of the Piet Zwart Institute, Master Media Design, by Manetta Berends

documentation of the morning session (11:00 - 13:00)

documentation of the afternoon session (14:00 - 16:00)


  1. "text is a really good interface actually"
  2. "we need first to acknowledge the fact that both the people who teach machines and the machines themselves are entrapped in a relationship of oppression where both are loosing agency." (...) "To free algorithms and trainers together, both need to engage in a relationship where an iterative dialog is possible and where knowledge can circulate." (...) "How then to reconnect both processes and make machine learning become a dialogical process from the start?" (...) "what kind of machine reflexivity can trigger human reflexivity and vice versa?" (...) "To answer these questions they have only one choice: to engage in a dialog where two reflexivities are teaching each other the contours of their alienation and at the same time how to free themselves from it." link
  3. "Debiasing Word Embeddings: from she;he::midwife:doctor; sewing:carpentry; registered_nurse:physician; whore:coward; hairdresser:barber; nude:shirtless; boobs:ass; giggling:grinning; nanny:chauffeur to she:he::hen:cock; maid:housekeeper; gals:dudes; daughter:son" link link
  4. "habitual", "habit is a form of embodied infrastructure/connections" link
  5. multipleness
  6. "We don't understand technology, but we also never understood nature, or the body, genes, or cognition" link
  7. "It is said that to explain is to explain away. This maxim is nowhere so well fulfilled as in the area of computer programming, especially in what is called heuristic programming and artificial intelligence. For in those realms machines are made to behave in wondrous ways, often sufficient to dazzle even the most experienced observer. But once a particular program is unmasked, once its inner workings are explained in language sufficiently plain to induice understanding, its magic crumbles away; it stands revealed as a mere collection of procedures, each quite comprehensible. The observer says to himself 'I could have written that'. With that thought he moves the program in question from the shelf marked 'intelligent' to that reserved for curios, fit to be discussed only with people less enlightened that he." link
  8. Is it "absolutely impossible to conceive of meaning without order" mister Levi-Strauss? (Myth and Meaning, p4)
  9. isn't design all about order?
  10. language - multiple interpretableness = 1 result ??????????????
  11. "The interesting thing about our time is that however radical the message in your art, if you do your criticism through self-expression, you’re actually feeding the very power structure you’re trying to overthrow. The power structure you’re criticizing also believes in self-expression as the ultimate goal." (...) "Computers can see us as large groups, but they’re glum and only aggregate us to sell us stuff. In reality, the computers give great insight into the power of common identity between groups. No one’s using that. What’s sitting with the computers is a way of seeing new groups, new common identities between people." (Adam Curtis) link
  12. multiplicity