Brave New Literatures 2022 / 9 February 2022

Zero Shot, Part 2

Brave New Literatures Festival

The texts in the collected animations are the output of GPT-2, OpenAI’s generative pretrained transformer

This model learns nuanced patterns in language and outputs text in the style of the dataset it has been fed. This process of ‘finetuning’ GPT-2 was performed with the author’s own corpus of poetic writing, producing a synthetic personal voice drawn from algorithms. Each piece features a manually written input prompt and the AI’s many attempts to continue that sequence in the author’s voice.

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Griffin Smith

Griffin Smith is a digital artist, writer, and teacher based in Boston, Massachusetts. His works engage with the aesthetics of virtual reading, machine collaborations, and interactive poetry systems. He has taught at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. More work can be found at