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Paignton Zoo monkeys produce Notes to Shakespeare ‘s works

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Fulfilling Thomas Huxley’s famous assertion, sort of.

Hat tip Oliver Moody, for this item:

Notes Towards the Complete Works of Shakespeare were produced in response to the familiar idea that if an infinite number of monkeys are given typewriters for an infinite amount of time, they will eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare. It was translated to a computer environment, producing live updates published on the web, alongside a webcam view of the production scene showing the creative activity in its fuller context. The text was first produced in Paignton Zoo by a group of Sulawesi Macaque monkeys as their contribution to the exhibition GENERATOR (1 May – 22 June 2002, Spacex Gallery), curated by SPACEX & STAR, and supported by the National Touring Programme of the Arts Council of England and the Institute of Digital Art & Technology. The project forms part of a research stage of [VIVARIA.NET] also funded by the Arts Council of England. More.

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Acclaimed by local Arts Council as a literary masterpiece. When you take the challenges the monkeys face into account, right? And those notes are just as good for them as any others would be.

See also: Just how many monkeys typing = Shakespeare? (Rob Sheldon)


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3 Replies to “Paignton Zoo monkeys produce Notes to Shakespeare ‘s works

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    daveS says:

    I like the part that goes “ssssssssssss…”.

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    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    The Arabic part (with all the q’s) was interesting. They did spell one English word, “sass,” which contains three other words of 3, 2 and 1 letter. One of these four words, “as,” is the first word of a famous Shakespeare play, “As You Like It.” That is a 25% Shakespeare literacy rate, better than what you’ll find in the streets of New York on Jimmy Kimmel Live! What are the other 15 pages compared to this monumental achievement?!

    The scientists should now have these brilliant primates write and submit every one of the scientists’ grant applications!

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    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    daveS @1

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