It all starts from a word, a single character. Then, just as cell becomes tissue and tissue becomes organ, word becomes phrase and then poem.
Organic tissue arranges itself through genetic instructions contained within each cell; self-organizing morphogenesis. Cellular automata systems, on the other hand, replicate this operation somewhat in the digital world: each digital cell contains instructions that determine its state based on what is around it. The surrounding neighborhood of cells continues this process over and over until the system achieves homeostasis. In this work, a single character-cell begins to self-replicate by grabbing onto other words contained within an original poem. Each cell has a definite end point (a definite character), yet the emergence of complex outcomes and randomness lies in the interplay between the orchestrated genetic instruction and homeostatic feedback loops. The system continues to update itself unceasingly, trying to reach the target shape–the original poem.
Meanwhile, Google Translate is trying to piece together the intact or broken phrases of a single line, attempting to interpret the poem from one natural language to another, generating creative prose en route based on its tragic rules. Or isn't it just Google Translate’s reading of poetry?
Like a rough and uneven ground, natural language is not as rigorous and clear as the smooth, ice-like formal language of code; instead, it has a certain degree of ambiguity and complexity that leads to endless possibilities of diverse interpretations, which makes us, as Wittgenstein suggested, "able to walk on." Translating from formal language to natural language is a process that this project keeps on trying, creating, and recreating over and over again.
In Decontextualization, poetry appears as an autonomous programmable sequence represented by language, and neither grammatical nor logical rules determine its meaning, utterance, and expression.


有機組織通過每個細胞中包含的遺傳指令自行排列——自組織形態從中產生。細胞自動機在數字世界中稍微複製此操作:每個數字單元都包含根據周圍環境確定其狀態的指令。周圍的細胞鄰域一遍又一遍地繼續這個過程直到系統達到穩態。在本詩中,每個單元格通過抓取原始詩歌中包含的字詞進行自我複制。每個單元格都有一個明確的終點(一個明確的字符), 但在遺傳指令和穩態反饋迴路之間的相互作用下,卻有複雜的結果和隨機性出現。系統不斷地自我更新,試圖達到目標形狀——原本的詩。