© Image extraite de l'album photo de JP Balpe, Hyperfiction "La disparition du général proust", 2010.
© Herbarius 2059 de Miguel Chevalier, textes Jean-Pierre Blape, logiciel cyrille Henry.
© Captation d’un écran de Labylogue, installation de Maurice Benayoun, génération de textes de Jean-Pierre Balpe, composition sonore de Jean-Baptiste Barrière, 2000.
In partnership with Digitalarti
If new forms of writing, especially ones that merge literature and computer science, have developed in the past years, it’s thanks to pioneers such as Jean-Pierre Balpe.
The poet, writer, teacher and researcher has consistently created hypermedia connections that highlight the intersections between artistic practice and technological discourse. As far as writing is concerned, he has linked the concepts of automatic text generation inherited from the surrealists with widely accessible contemporary digital tools.
Balpe considers himself to be first and foremost a writer. He made his first forays into the field of poetic writing in the 1960s.
It was in the mid-1970s, when he was teaching in a training institute for technical professors, that Balpe “realized the potential of programming for literature, in terms of both research and creativity. Since then, through more or less complex installations, I dug deeper and deeper into the relationship between literature and technology,
often delegating its practical applications to specialized technicians or to artists more competent than I am in this field, but with whom I was collaborating very closely.”
After beginning to program software for automatic, poetic and interactive writing in the 1980s, he later put his efforts toward creating true multimedia artworks, in line with the growing technological developments of the time.
The Web has since become one of Balpe's favorite playgrounds, most notably with the online hyperfiction project that he has been maintaining since 2006 on his blog and about 20 other websites: La Disparition du Général Proust.