The Second Adam (2016)

The Second Adam (2016) | Digital Poetry
Lia Carreira and Fred Becker

The Second Adam is a digital poetry in which Tristan Tzara’s 1918 Dada Manifesto (known as the second Dada Manifesto) is read aloud by an online translation software to an online automatic transcription software. Like a Chinese Whispers game, the speech uttered by the translation software (with the set English language option, with a default “British accent”) is then interpreted by the transcription software (also set in English) and, due to its technical “limitations”, alters the original text, creating a new version of the Manifesto.

The Manifesto, which suggests the refusal of the movement’s own meaning making, is transcribed to the point where it reaches a somewhat nonsensical text, contradicting the whole purpose of these online softwares.

The final text created by the software was as such:

The second Adam.

Zara 1918 DiMaggio Way Jeffersonville IN 78123 with yourself and feel

free to call me later and I’ll be fine.

Parachute she is love she resembles a confirmation of his energy being

from astral Crystal Spring love.

Nova library in the forest. Principal free TV proximation I’m brushing my

reaction and one single fresh breath I am against action continue

contradiction. I am leaving again and myself because I hate

comments. Train rides from Jackson tries to find the world according to

wait for a reply. Drive to explain away from a how to dress up in

conversation with red belly and waist.

Define secluded Oregon.

We read in the papers the great Pretender would 400 Romanian gypsy


Gardner Elementary. But shouldn’t be busy to say that I didn’t want to be

on during space it would be great for everyone criticism for every

individual. And without the general characteristics of a school.

In the Bible concerning animal print love always be about myself

because I. Make slime with flour that everyone crashes.

Need for Independent Community free returns accepted we had.

Sesame Street full 93 – rhymes. Set alarm every great straddling

various. Leaving the door open to the possibility of Wellington.