Plagiairc (2010)

Plagiairc experiments the limit of authorship.

It is a chat software which uses Facebook chat or Google Talk (jabber). It creates private chat with other Facebook/Google talk contact. But the interface will not allow the speaker to express himself through a classic keyboard. Indeed, to create a new sentence, he will have to use the words of others, the specific semantics of public chat room users. He will choose « public » words from a database of 40 000 sentences (English or French) recorded on the Internet Relay Chat (I.R.C.), By selecting one by one « public » words, the talker will compose a textual patchwork where the notion of authorship has been dissolved.

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Plagiairc is a chat software which uses Facebook chat or Google Talk (jabber). It creates private chat with other Facebook/Google talk contact. But the interface will not allow the speaker to express himself through a classic keyboard. Indeed, to create a new sentence, he will have to use the words of others, the specific semantics of public chat room users. He will choose « public » words from a database of 40 000 sentences (English or French) recorded on the Internet Relay Chat (I.R.C.), an Internet text messaging network mainly designed for group communication.

By selecting one by one « public » words, the talker will compose a textual patchwork where the notion of authorship has been dissolved.

Plagiairc experiments the limit of authorship. It proposes a reflection about the ways of communication through the Internet and the ways of consumption and appropriation of the contents of others.

Work metadata

  • Year Created: 2010
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2012
  • Original Url: http://www.plagiairc.com/
  • Work Credits:
    • Nicolas Boillot, Conception and realisation
    • Jean François Lahos, Java programming
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