Writing

Books and texts. Academic research, prose, digital poetic experiments, travelogues, essays, encyclopedia articles.
Publications
  • 2019I Do Not Wish To Be Loved, I Wish Everyone Loved Leaves, Artist Book, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pančevo, Serbia
  • 2019Zima, Booklet of Avantgarde Poetry, Albahari Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia

Digital Literature

A body of conceptual literary work created using various digital and electronic techniques, including self-made text generation AI systems, optimised poetry via Google Keyword Planner, and tactical counter-surveillance writing meant to fool emotion recognition engines.

Projects include I Do Not Wish To Be Loved, I Wish Everyone Loved Leaves, an interactive RNN for generating and visualizing text in the style of Miloš Crnjanski. There is also Zima, a booklet of poetry containing a poem I've created with neural networks, and Optimised Poetry Workshop, a reading performance and a workshop in computational poetics.

I believe creative writing in the age of network must acknowledge that any text is first and foremost: 1) data; and 2) a digital commodity. For global techno-linguistic capital, as prof. Frederic Kaplan explains, words are mere indexes of products and services. Why not use these techno-economic constraints as artistic and poetic constraints? New media regimes call for new poetic practices – dataism instead of dadaism.

Curator and art critic Maja Ćirić described these generative literary works as a heroic act of both preserving legacy and creating contemporary interpretations.

One of the first such endeavors in Serbo-Croatian language, this body of work references diverse cultural practices, ranging from the work of Stanislav Vinaver, Zenit, and Oulipo to projects of contemporary authors such as Kenneth Goldsmith, Adam Harvey, and Pip Thornton.

Publications
  • 2015 Bantustan: Atlas jednog putovanja (Bantustan: Atlas of a Journey), Pašćanović L., Krčadinac U., Đedović M., Klub putnika (The Travel Club), Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 2009Neutabanim stazama (Off the Beaten Path), collaborative project, Klub putnika (The Travel Club), Novi Sad, Serbia

Prose + Travelogue

Travel prose focused on human geographies, written in collaboration with Lazar Pašćanović and The Travel Club (Klub putnika), the main Balkan hub for independent travelers and travel writers.

The most prominent work is Bantustan: Atlas of a Journey (Bantustan: Atlas jednog putovanja), a book of travel prose written by Lazar Pašćanović, Marko Đedović, and me. Describing a 3-month journey from Serbia to Namibia, the book consists of conversations between us and the people we met. Bantustan is a book about fluid geographic identities, unlikely connections, brownian motion of human particles – about trying to imagine new and different cartographies of human relationships on a shared globe.

Including a series of hand-illustrated maps and data visualizations for non-linear reading, Bantustan is also an example of ergodic and interactive literature. Literary critics and writers Vasa Pavković and Elis Bektaš described it as a new form of the novel.

Focusing on conversations we had with numerous people from all walks of life, the book explores themes of human geography, race, religion, universalism, friendship, postcolonial economics, as well as connections between African and Balkan history. The term bantustan, with its Apartheid undertone and its post-Yugoslav connotation, is used as a symbol of both personal and collective segregation, isolation, and self-isolation.

So far, Bantustan was printed in 3 editions (3000 copies) and promoted via 30+ self-organized events in many ex-Yugoslav cities. The journey of the book became a story in itself.

Bantustan is available as an openly licenced free electronic book (currently only in Serbo-Croatian; we are working on the English version at the moment).

I'm also a co-author of Neutabanim stazama (Off the Beaten Path), a collection of short travelogues published by Klub putnika. With Mario Janković-Romano and Nenad Morača, I've written one of it’s travelogues, The Land Whose Cities Do Not Exist, a story from Mongolia. Since 2019 I serve as a regular jury member of the annual literary competition for the best travelogue organized by Klub putnika.

Publications

Academic Research in Affective Computing

A body of academic software-related research in the fields of Affective Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Generative Aesthetics, Textual Emotion Recognition, and Data Visualization.

It is mostly related to Synesketch, a free open-source project I’ve started in 2008. Synesketch is a software library for textual emotion recognition and artistic visualization. A pioneering work in AI humanization and generative æsthetics, Synesketch was recognized by international art venues, scientific journals and conferences, as well as many organizations and individuals Web-wide.

In my academic research I’ve analysed the system’s textual emotion recognition accuracy as well as the quality of its generative visuals in the context of user æsthetical experience. Papers were published in two journals, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems and IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.

Another project I’ve written about is Paperista, an interactive animated visual browser for semantically annotated research papers.

Research on affective systems was a collaboration with Jelena Jovanović and Vladan Devedžić from the Good Old AI Lab, Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Organisational Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Research on generative systems was done in collaboration with Philippe Pasquier, at the Metacreation Lab, School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Publications
  • 2019Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems (Book Chapter), Krčadinac U., Stankovic M., Kovanovic V., Jovanovic J. Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technology, 2009, IGI Global, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-845-1.ch061
  • 2019Intelligent Software Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (Book Chapter), Stanković, M., Krčadinac, U., Kovanović, V., Jovanović. V., Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition, Pages 2126-2131, IGI Global
  • 2019Intelligent Software Agents with Applications in Focus (Book Chapter), Janković-Romano, M., Stanković, M., Krčadinac, U., Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence 2009: 950-955, IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch082

Essays and Articles

Among the essays I’ve written for The Travel Club (Klub putnika), I single out these two:

The Travel Club Symbol – an essay about personal geographic lines we draw by moving. The essay explains poetic motivations for the Club’s generative identity design. Ideas from the essay grew into experimental geography projects, such as Geoselfportrait and Zg Geoglyphs.

Geographic I – an essay about the personal geoidentity each person makes by travelling the globe and exploring it physically.

For the BalkansMedia portal I've written essays on Data Art and Data Journalism, as well as tutorials about Creative Coding and building with d3.js. They're available in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian.

For the BeforeAfter portal I've written an essay about the most meaningless app on the Web and a review of the game Monument Valley.

Finally, there are three old AI-related encyclopedia articles I wrote during my undergraduate years with Milan Stanković, Jelena Jovanović, Mario Janković-Romano, and Vita Kovanović.

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