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JABBER produces nonsense words that sound like English words, in the way that the portmanteau words from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky sound like English words.
When a letter comes into contact with another letter or group of letters, a calculation occurs to determine whether they bond according to the likelihood that they would appear contiguously in the English lexicon. Clusters of letters accumulate to form words, which results in a dynamic nonsense word sound poem floating around on the screen with each iteration of the generator.
JABBER realises a linguistic chemistry with letters as atoms and words as molecules.
Neil Hennessy is a "pataphysician, poet, new media and performance artist who graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor's of Mathematics in Computer Science and English Literature. His poetry has been published in Canadian poetry journals, and his critical work has appeared in Open Letter and OBJECT. In 2001 he participated in the Sifted group exhibit at Vancouver's ARTSPEAK gallery with a multi-media installation of an urban poetry project 'Ten Toronto Sonnets'. He has played a minor role as Literary Editor with the Queen's Street Quarterly since 2000. Currently, he makes up one third of the The Prize Budget for Boys collective, who have performed their Spectacular Vernacular Revue in cities across North America.