Ines Krasić (HR), Ivan Nikolić Lesh (HR) Banana Poetry

installation (work in progress), 2006-

Banana Poetry is a platform for experimentation in creating a mechanism/organism that could generate new poetry and new linguistic creations. It is total poetry in the unlimited field of experimentation which leads us to break with the conventional ways of thinking and to 'destruct' language. The consequences of computer poetry should be a poetry that is still poetry for humans, but a poetry made without humans – as a poetry of artificial intelligence.

The work Banana Poetry is in its structure an interactive installation powered by an alternative energy source – fruits and vegetables. Poetry generated by the electronic environment is available for visitors in audio format - they can plug their headphones directly into one of the ten fruit or vegetable cells. The ultimate form this work might adopt is to walk around in nature with a mobile form of the installation in a backpack which can be directly plugged into an orchard, so that the natural environment, serving as an energy source, could be converted into an electronic environment, which is a new space of creation in the digital realm. Is this a concrete, a visual, a sound, a kinetic computer poetry? It's Banana Poetry, a product of a collaboration of at least two persons: an artist and a programmer.


I wondered if it would be possible to use a statistical analysis of a text, without defining any rules beforehand, to create new, grammatically correct sentences.

Scribbler is a program browsing the internet, reading and analyzing texts, and trying to imitate them. It can be interactively told what to read, and things that it speaks in return sounds like schizophrenic babbling or trash poetry. It works on the principle of Markov chains, which is a way of predicting the probability of an event recurring in the future based on the past. In this case, the events are words. The sentence is viewed as a chain of events, and while reading the text, these chains intersect and form a huge network of possibilities. Its speech is actually made up of hopping across that network.

I don't know how to make a genuinely conscious machine, whatever that might mean, but a computer can always analyze and imitate what it sees. In this case badly, and this is what makes it so entertaining.

I don't know how far this imitation can develop without comprehension if a computer program using simple logic could find its way into standard conversations?

Anyhow, it could certainly learn to have small talk about the weather and about school. Probably the outcome of those conversations would matter to the program just as it matters to real interlocutors, and by learning through trial and error, just as people often do, it would become more skillful and funnier than the average speaker.

Example: Dragutin Tadijanović (from Wikipedia) + Voćka poslije kiše

Started writing at the age of 13.
He publishes the poem 7 years later under a pseudonym.
Under the pseudonym Margan Tadeon.
He published.
Plain, poor little tree.
He started writing poems, received raindrops and now sways them.
He published raindrops and now sways them.
Look at the little fruit tree after the rain.
And it glistens in the sun, this little, little, little, as initially, poor tree.

collaborator: Tomislav Pokrajčić
technical support: Vedran Relja

Ines Krasić (HR)

Ines Krasić was born in Mostar in 1969. In 1993 she obtained a degree of Art Educator at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, under mentorship of prof. D. Babić. Since 1993 she's a member of HDLU (Croatian Association of Visual Artists). In 2001 she was admitted to postgraduate sculpture and video studies at Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under mentorship of prof. Jože Barši and prof. Srečo Dragan. Since 1995 she works as an assistant at the Department of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. In 2006 she became an assistant professor at the same department at the Academy of Fine Arts. Exhibited at many solo and group exhibitions in Italy, USA, Slovenia, Spain, Serbia, Croatia.She has received many awards. The last was the Special Award of The 3rd Croatian Prints Triennial, Zagreb, Croatia, 2003.

Ivan Nikolić Lesh (HR)

Ivan Nikolić, born on September 9, 1985 in Zagreb, is a coder exploring worms and viruses, software mutations and evolution, biologically inspired systems, and artificial intelligence, he's drawing and trying to be a multimedia artists. He works at the Multimedia Institute in Zagreb. He's one of the first participants of Croatian robot mayhems.