Designing Behaviors to Interactively Interlace Natural Language Processing, Text to Speech Procedures and Algorithmic Images

  • Tania FragaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10919)


This article presents the artwork Interlace and its related application, #ELIZA_Interlacements, as a case study. Both are works in progress aiming to develop and explore an interface with ELIZA, a natural language processing software using text to speech – TTS – procedures interweaving them with algorithmic images. ELIZA was modeled as a pseudo Rogerian ‘psychotherapist’ and was created between 1964 and 1966 at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory by Joseph Weizenbaum. ELIZA is a very simple program but it is still quite entertaining and thought provoking. The new application created using ELIZA aims to design behaviors that interactively interlace natural language processing, with text to speech procedures, entwining algorithmically generated images with dialogues of ELIZA and the public. By interweaving images with onscreen dialogues obtained with ‘talks’ to ELIZA it is possible to experiment the visual poetic potential of such explorations and their immanent relations. These visual poetic results point to a potential symbiotic relationship between man and machine. This experimental artwork shows different aspects of the poetic, aesthetic and technical characteristics of the explored object for art and design aims. The application’s interface is being developed using the IDE Processing. Autonomous bots, represented as images processed in real time are presented interactively with the dialogs in a graphic interface that will be shown in big projected screens in site specific installations and performances.


Computer Art Algorithmic art Virtual reality Natural Language Processing (NLP) Text-To-Speech (TTS) ELIZA 



Customized software in Java (Processing IDE); Programmers: Pedro Garcia and Tania Fraga; Conception, implementation, Graphic interface, Interactive project, Photos and images: Tania Fraga; Mathematician consultant: Donizetti Louro.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mathematics and Arts of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.University of BrasiliaBrasíliaBrazil

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