Johannes Heldén, Håkan Jonson

Evolution is an online artwork-in-progress designed to emulate the texts and music of poet and artist Johannes Heldén, with the ultimate goal of passing “The Imitation Game Test” as proposed by Alan Turing in 1951. With Evolution we aim to examine and dissect the role of the author; when new poetry that resembles the work of the original author is created or presented through an algorithm, is it possible to make the distinction between “author” and “programmer”? And is it even relevant? When the work of the algorithm is extrapolated to the point where the original author becomes redundant, how does this affect copyright, legacy, future writings, etc ? The purpose of the work is not to deromanticize or deconstruct the role of the author, but is rather the ongoing exploration itself. Where will it take us, and perhaps more importantly, what will happen along the way? The release of Evolution will mark the end of Johannes Heldén writing poetry books. He has, in a sense, been replaced.

ContributorsJohn Cayley, Maria Engberg, Jesper Olsson, Cecilia Lindhé, Jonas Ingvarsson, Jakob Lien
Filed under Art, Poetry
Dimensions 165 × 215 mm



OEI is a magazine for extra-disciplinary spaces and de-disciplinizing moments – experimental forms of thinking, montages between poetry, art, philosophy, film, and documents; editorial enunciations and aesthetic technologies, alternative historiographies and speculative ethnographies. OEI was founded in 1999 and has published 70 issues. The publishing structure OEI editör was initiated in 2002 and has published some 75 books of investigative poetry, aesthetic documents, artist’s books, theoretical and poetological texts etc. Since 2012 OEI also runs the micro-gallery OEI Colour Project in Stockholm.