Batmemes and Oulipo

Batmemes was inspired, and has taken some of its techniques, from a movement in France in the 60’s known as Oulipo (for Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or workshop for potential literature.)

This movement experimented with the pinions underlying language. It explored boundaries of creativity that weren’t anchored to the limited experiences and conditioning which influence most of our thinking down well traveled neural paths. This is similar, also, to the approach of Mozart and his experiments with number for structure and key.

These processes aren’t random, like the monkeys and typewriters, but rather they jump or map from one structure to another. Batmemes provides automatic mappings to several “linguistic domains” using the following techniques:

  • Transformers like displacing noun, verb, adverb and adjective references forward in dictionary sequence; mapping based on ogham numerological equivalencies, the use of formulas from chaos math to create “strange attractor” mappings (like black holes in linguistic topology.)
  • As words are matched they can be constrained with a rich set of semantic categories. For example, you can match the semantic category of the word being matched in the transformations above, or you can map them to specific classifications like words that represent cognition or emotion or to competition, consumption or creation categories.
  • Specific texts (Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe) have been “digested” by BatMemes and can be used as “tints” that will influence the final transformation in patterns similar to the patterns found in these works. An upgrade will be released soon to registered users that allows you to create these digests with your own material.
  • Fuzzy logic option allows you to transform words without having their exact match found in the dictionary.
  • Much more… and more on the way in free upgrades for registered users

For more information on Oulipo check resources in the Batmemes help file or this book on Amazon.