Computing the Unexpected: Nanni Balestrini’s “Tape Mark I”


March 14, 2024, 6:00 PM

General Admission: $15, Members & Students: FREE


This presentation provides context for Nanni Balestrini’s computer-assisted poem “Tape Mark I”, aiming for a critical reassessment of two pivotal facets in his pioneering experiment: the materialistic approach to language and the emergence of an artificial agent.


Nicola Cipani earned his PhD from the Humboldt University, Berlin, with a thesis on Giordano Bruno. He is faculty in NYU’s Italian Studies department, where he teaches courses that focus on the intersection between verbal and visual languages and on literary machines. He has translated and commented works of the Austrian avant-garde writer and philosopher Oswald Wiener and is currently curating an Italian edition of the correspondence between Goethe and Schopenhauer on color theory.

Light refreshments will be offered