Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer. She is an Assistant Arts Professor at the New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Allison's Upcoming Workshops
Students are new to photography and new media and have no formal training in photography, video, multimedia or animation. Students have basic computer literacy.
Photography students have a basic understanding of photography principles and technology and are comfortable using an SLR camera in manual mode. New Media students have a basic understanding of video, multimedia or animation software. Students have basic computer skills and are comfortable using a Macintosh computer.
Photography students have some formal training and significant experience making, capturing and digitally processing images using Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop. New Media students have some formal training in conceptual and technological aspects of video, multimedia, coding or animation and are versed in the appropriate software applications. Students have a portfolio of their artwork.
Jul 5 - 9, 2021
Creative Writing with Computation and Machine Learning
Computational tools and statistical analysis are often deployed as a method to “read” texts. But what about using these same techniques to write them? In this workshop, students use techniques from natural language processing to tear language at its digital seams and lovingly re-articulate it with computer programming—like postmodern Frankenstein-poets. Through a series of pre-written (but easily modifiable) programs, students are introduced to text analysis and language generation with the Python programming language. Techniques include "big Dada" cut-ups, part-of-speech tagging and extraction, grammars and rules, word vectors, text generation with machine learning language models, and more.