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Robot Pedagogue is a 5-part, serialized data processing and visualization program that generates statements based on statistically probable syntactic and semantic standards derived from the canon of pedagogical theory. The automated generation of each new text begins with pseudorandom source selection from an archive of texts; proceeds through a word tree of probable word associations among the selected sources; and culminates with a rendering of the newly conceived text in Library Hand, the handwriting convention invented by Melvil Dewey to standardize the appearance of records in a card catalog before the ubiquity of typewriters and, eventually, computers. Each word is then translated into its graphic equivalent in the lexicon of Maria Montessori's grammar symbols, so that the concept's sum aesthetic and semantic quality can be calculated. Pending evaluation, the new texts are archived and displayed by rank.


Robot Pedagogue was created by a team of artists, designers and programmers:

Excorporation members Angie Keefer, Aaron Gemmill with Rob Seward

in collaboration with Anna Craycroft