About an Algoliterary Publishing House

The project looks into formal narratives generated by algorithms, question the form of the book as an object and authorial product, explore the concept of a ‘decolonial publishing house’ and experiment with the influence of ‘forest baths’ on the writing of code and the communication with trees.

By putting the tree and its representations at the center of their works, and by welcoming algorithms not at the service of extracting resources or value towards a commercial objective, but for making kin with nature, these intelligences create narratives which speak about trees and also challenge colonial views of classification, methods of standardization, and might speak critically about the effects of dominant cultures. While doing so, they put trees at the center of the creation, and therefore decenter the perspective of the human being.

Anaïs Berck is an alias that exists since September 2019. For this project, Anaïs Berck is represented by a large collection of algorithms, millions of trees and the human beings An Mertens, Guillaume Slizewicz, Gijs de Heij and Loren Britton, all members or friends of Constant, the association for arts and media in Brussels; and of Algolit, the artistic research group around text and free code.

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