REPETAE

Sasha Stiles (US)

REPETAE is a hybrid language art series that fuses algorithm and poetry to explore repetition as a powerful tool for generating new meanings, emotions, and insights. It is an ode to the transformative power of poetry, generative art and AI, inviting audiences to consider the endless possibilities that arise from revisiting, reimagining, and reinventing the familiar. 

REPETAE leverages a suite of generative elements—AI-powered language, code-based visuals, digitally looped and layered spoken word—in standalone works and longer, interconnected cycles that embody various ways in which emotion and perception are shaped by pattern, as well as the interruption or subversion of pattern.  At its core, REPETAE seeks to illuminate how meaning accrues through repetition, and how repetition shapes our engagement with art and the world around us. Uniquely, the project does so through the lens of verse, invoking repetition as a fundamental poetic device—layering Stiles’ pioneering approach of transhuman co-authorship with visuals sketched in p5.js and digitally manipulated spoken word performance. 

Rooted in poetic tradition, and inspired in part by an encounter with Herbert W. Franke’s OzsillogrammeREPETAE expands to interrogate the intersection of human and artificial intelligences, using innovative technologies to redefine the act of repetition not as mere duplication but as a creative and generative process, opening up fresh pathways of interpretation and experience. The project invites consideration of the spatial, temporal, and philosophical dimensions of repetition as reinvention, and aims to prompt deeper reflections on the role of algorithm in the deeply human act of making art.

REPETAE is a hybrid language art series that fuses algorithm and poetry to explore repetition as a powerful tool for generating new meanings, emotions, and insights. It is an ode to the transformative power of poetry, generative art and AI, inviting audiences to consider the endless possibilities that arise from revisiting, reimagining, and reinventing the familiar. 

REPETAE leverages a suite of generative elements—AI-powered language, code-based visuals, digitally looped and layered spoken word—in standalone works and longer, interconnected cycles that embody various ways in which emotion and perception are shaped by pattern, as well as the interruption or subversion of pattern.  At its core, REPETAE seeks to illuminate how meaning accrues through repetition, and how repetition shapes our engagement with art and the world around us. Uniquely, the project does so through the lens of verse, invoking repetition as a fundamental poetic device—layering Stiles’ pioneering approach of transhuman co-authorship with visuals sketched in p5.js and digitally manipulated spoken word performance. 

Rooted in poetic tradition, and inspired in part by an encounter with Herbert W. Franke’s Ozsillogramme, REPETAE expands to interrogate the intersection of human and artificial intelligences, using innovative technologies to redefine the act of repetition not as mere duplication but as a creative and generative process, opening up fresh pathways of interpretation and experience. The project invites consideration of the spatial, temporal, and philosophical dimensions of repetition as reinvention, and aims to prompt deeper reflections on the role of algorithm in the deeply human act of making art.

www.sashastiles.com/repetae

Works from REPETAE have been featured by: Kunstmuseum Bern, Gucci Art Program, Christie’s, Venus Over Manhattan, NYC, Tribute to Herbert W. Franke, Right Click Save: The New Digital Art Community (Vetro Editions, 2024), Decentralization, Please Save Culture (New Society, 2023), Outland, This is Paper.

Sasha Stiles (US) is a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, artist, and AI researcher widely recognized as a pioneer of generative literature and language art. Her award-winning work fuses text and technology to probe what it means to be human in an increasingly posthuman era. Stiles is author of the “instant techno-classic” Technelegy (2021) and became the first writer to bring AI-powered literature to a major auction house when her poem “COMPLETION: When it’s just you” sold at Christie’s in 2022. Stiles exhibits and performs around the world; her work has been featured by MoMA, Art Basel, Gucci, and NPR. Stiles is co-founder of theVERSEverse literary gallery, and has served as Poetry Mentor to the humanoid android BINA48 since 2018.

Sasha Stiles (US) is a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, artist, and AI researcher widely recognized as a pioneer of generative literature and language art. Her award-winning work fuses text and technology to probe what it means to be human in an increasingly posthuman era. Stiles is author of the “instant techno-classic” Technelegy (2021) and became the first writer to bring AI-powered literature to a major auction house when her poem “COMPLETION: When it’s just you” sold at Christie’s in 2022. Stiles exhibits and performs around the world; her work has been featured by MoMA, Art Basel, Gucci, and NPR. Stiles is co-founder of theVERSEverse literary gallery, and has served as Poetry Mentor to the humanoid android BINA48 since 2018.

REPETAE by Sasha Stiles utilizes text-generating AI models, delving into the realm of co-creation with AI systems and seamlessly integrating the AI component into a multimedia configuration that captivates with its high degree of independence and artistic authenticity. Merging poetry with algorithmic art and generative AI, REPETAE explores the new possibilities as well as the consequences of extensive immersion into technological realities, not only for the creation of art but also for its perception and the agency of the audience.

REPETAE by Sasha Stiles utilizes text-generating AI models, delving into the realm of co-creation with AI systems and seamlessly integrating the AI component into a multimedia configuration that captivates with its high degree of independence and artistic authenticity. Merging poetry with algorithmic art and generative AI, REPETAE explores the new possibilities as well as the consequences of extensive immersion into technological realities, not only for the creation of art but also for its perception and the agency of the audience.