Art from the virtual scrapyard
Poetry from search terms, spam comments, and other gems from the virtual scrapyard.
I don't know what art actually is. I am just reassembling enigmatic snippets spit out by search engines and my spam folder.
It's also self-referential: I also create poetry from my own content, even older internet poetry of my own. I will be done, when it does not change any more after infinite cycles.
Hacker's Writeup Poetry (2019-11-13)
Turning my hackthebox writeups into poetry: One line taken from each documentation of how I had owned the machine.
Sources of Heat, Life, and Everything (2018-07-10)
Same procedure as every summer: Science and tech blogging comes to a halt – look at (engineering-themed) avant-garde art instead.
[Summary for list of article in category page] OK - I forgot to edit the summary placeholder! But this is the subversive / Art category - so, why not!? This poem makes about as much sense as this 'summary'!
A New Sub-Genre of Google Poetry. New rules: Only the top result can be used for search term poetry.
Things You Find in Your Hydraulic Schematic (2018-01-12)
I am starting the New Year of Engineering Blogging at a lighter pace – don’t expect too much content this time!
Bing (Places, Business) has done so repeatedly. What else should I do than creating poetry from search terms that Bing users submitted to find our websites?
Self-Referential Poetry, Edition 2016 (2016-10-24)
Bizarre Poetry from my Weird Prose, channelled by Google.
Spam Poetry: 'Cris-Crossing the Universe' (2016-10-10)
Less spam comments, but raising the bar nonetheless: Spam comments must be used immediately, in the same order as comments.
Links Not Considered Click-Worthy. Poetry from search terms displayed in Google Search Console – in Impressions, not clicked.
Google-Mediated Self-Poetry - Holiday Edition (2015-12-16)
One more attempt to poetry-size my prose, and to try to decode the hidden meaning of my posts.
Self-Poetry, catalyzed by Google (2015-11-13)
As usual: There is no poetry devoid of Google.
Travelling Like Spam Poetry (2015-08-01)
How spam poetry actually started - doing it in real-live instead of writing it. In 2005 The Chief Engineer and I visited more than 100 villages whose names started with letter Z. This trip finally became our company's Founding Myth.
What the Internet Asks of Me (2015-07-02)
A cross-over between Search Term Poetry and trying to seriously learn from the searchers' questions.
The Elkement is a Netizen and living in many places. Its most innovative poetry has actually seen the light of the virtual day elsewhere.... But we invent a new genre as we go: Poetry from lines of all existing poems at elkement's blog.
Again: Defining 'Subversion' (2015-04-01)
We are flabbergasted as we notice that we tied 'Subversion' to hackneyed clich├⌐s from managers' self-help books and Dilbert-style satire.
Virtual Book Spine Poetry (Edition 2014 + 2015/6) (2015-03-13)
Merging two posts: 1) the 2014 edition of my yearly book reviews, a tradition I started last year, and 2) my next experimental poem, in a new experimental genre.
Poem already created from Google results - transformed once more by running them through 10 languages in Google Translate. Bonus: Literary critique and a connection to a Wikimedia image related to Christmas and to Austria.
Flarf taken to the next level: Inspired by images created also by a flarf-y method. And printed on real paper - for the first time.
Being Creative with What Is Available (2014-11-27)
Build something from anything and to use whatever tool is at hand! Refers to anything we ever did or built - in the physics lab, as software developers, on designing the heat pump system.
What Is Art? (2014-11-08)
This seems to be fundamental question The Subversive Element is trying to answer on numerous Red Pages.
Instead of a 'Bio' ... (2014-11-08)
... we proudly present ...
Poetry of Anything. Now I Know This Is Called Flarf! (2014-11-01)
I learned two things: 1) I am very late to the poetry-from-the-internet-scrapyard party, but 2) that stuff is serious art. I am also trying something new - poems unrelated to my websites but fuelled by Google only.
In order to allow English readers a glimpse into my post adolescent postmodern gloomy stanzas I resort to Google Translate.
The Destiny of the Universe (2014-08-24)
My darkest spam poem so far, not for the faint of heart. I owe to the spammer trying to sell games involving the killing of aliens.
Nearly 10 years have passed, so The Subversive Element can speak about it in public.
Crowdsourcing Poetry (Again) (2014-07-28)
Search terms from the second quarter, blended with terms from Google Webmaster Tools and some enigmatic - and typically Austrian - images.
Finally we know where this fond addiction to eerie spaceships materializing out of thin air stems from...
'A pink spaceship lands on the secluded glade.' (2014-06-21)
You Had Your Share of Douglas Adams book, Do You?
Uh-oh, No Posting in March (2014-04-27)
But now - here it is. An Englisch-German cross-over based on a search term poem published on my English blog.
Re: Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. Probably one of the three most influential science books I read as a teenager. Intellectual nostalgia!
Search Term Poetry - Spring Edition (2014-04-04)
Very condensed search terms, mixed with some pathetic images taken by an ancient smart phone.
Why is fluid dynamics hard? Where does that infamous non-linearity sneak in?
The Eerie Art of Spam Poetry (2014-02-02)
Spam poetry has long been underrated. I admit I have considered it something lesser - compared to the intriguing soothing voices of search terms.
About Generation X by Douglas Coupland. A novel about a generation stuck in a cultural void – quite literally and somewhat voluntarily. My generation, that is.
I am Standing on the Shoulders of Subversive Giants (2014-01-19)
This site contains a messy collection of allegedly original creative texts which are most likely unintended plagiarisms of really subversive thinkers. This might be true for all pseudo-subversive websites
The Early Days of Search Term Poetry (2014-01-12)
The Elkement has published its first Search Term Poem on its blog on 12-12-12. The first weeks of living as a practicing search term poets were exciting, intense... and heart-wrenching at times. It designated itself as a leader of new cult, attracted new comrades quickly, and transcended the scope of its art to other items from the virtual scrapyard such as spam comments.
Search Term Poetry Sans Google (2014-01-10)
I am determined to subvert Google's efforts to hide this precious raw material for Search Term Poetry.
Intellectuals are scathing Facebook in error. This is not at all the preferred network of amateur food photographers, humblebragging spammers of personal success stories, or creators of uncalled for inspirational quotes.
Celebrating one year of so-called poetry with a stream-of-consciousness-style Spam Poem.
A post by an accomplished author featuring one of my search term poems has been Freshly Pressed, but Google has started encrypting search terms. The end of Search Term Poetry?
The Science of Search Term Poetry (2013-10-03)
Using mostly physics-related search terms from the third quarter.
What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope. (2013-06-06)
combining Spam Poetry and images for the first time. (Warning: This poem is not for the faint of heart.)
Is There Anything That Can be Said about This Site? (2013-05-28)
These are the famous red pages of the Subversive Element, also known as Elkement or El(k)ement.
Founding a new variety of the genre (again) by creating poetry from headers of posts of mine.
Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag (2013-05-16)
takes the concept of dialogue one step further: We hear a disciple appealing to his or her cult leader.
Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors (2013-05-07)
is a surprisingly apt self-referential comment, promoted to the title of this post and the spam poem (sub-)titled: searching for sanskrit tattoos. This poem was the first showing off dialogues containing fortune-cookie-like pearls of bizarre wisdom.
Post-mortem analysis of the most recent award nomination process having run wild. Bonus: Funny internet RFC.
Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers' Vegetable Soup! (2013-04-26)
My debut as a literary critic and spam poetry expert - a review on the (alleged) first book of Spam Poetry.
A poem made from nasty spam only.
Spam Poets Write Weird Things (2013-04-04)
was a Search Term Poem. For the first time the title of a blog post was borrowed from a search term. Since search terms on WordPress Stats started to repeat themselves I have also added terms from Google Webmaster Tools. On the other hand I introduced length ordering of search terms.
I Need More Trivial Content (2013-03-29)
which was: A Spam Poem created from snippets of a blog post of mine that had been pasted into a spam comment in its entirety.
On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things (2013-03-22)
WordPress blogging on top of Maslow's hierarchy of needs (Cartoon).
Subversive Newsletter No. 3: Internet Apocalypso (2013-03-10)
The original newsletters are more than 8 years old, and it is hard to understand what in hell was on my mind when I had written those.
… and providing the concise How-to-guide readers have asked for.
Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art (2013-02-13)
As a spam poet you need to avoid the Ground Hog Day Effect: Spam messages are re...
Newsletter Resurrection (2013-02-09)
These are the preliminary results of the Website Resurrection Project. In spring 2012 rotten web pages have been de-linked. In 2018 I corrected fake German tag Bizarr to Bizarre; now you now.
The Element indulges in web nostalgia - remembering its Subversive Newsletters, sent to (a very small selection of) German readers from July 2004 to July 2005. ┬┤These pivotal works have been resurrected today! ...
The Art of Error Messages (2013-02-01)
An attempt to transcend the genre.
What a let-down:.
I have started a movement - this is an account of its history.
Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level? (2013-01-14)
by including spam comments in my poems, in addition to search terms.
2012: The Year We Make Contact (2012-12-31)
The end of the year and some some life events are celebrated in a search term poem.
Subversive Yearly Report (2012-12-23)
The Subversive Element is delighted to report on our progress in Elementary Subversion: All web sites that are controlled by The Element have been resurrected and updated in an extremely professional fashion. We do go to great lengths in explaining the details via appropriate communication channels.
Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms (2012-12-12)
Since I had access to the log files of my first hosted web server (in the past m...
Is My Life a Cliché? (2012-11-18)
It is, and Google proves it.
Microwave Ovens Are Not Rodent-Ready (2012-11-16)
One of the top posts on this blogs. I am happy to help out fellow netizens with their issues with mice in microwaves.
Tech Nostalgia and Indulging in Cliché (2012-11-02)
You can turn into your own cliché. In a self-consistent way - absolutely, positively.
The Rise and Fall of an Intermittent Netizen ? (2012-11-02)
Online since the early 90s. Yet The Subversive Element might be an impostor netizen. I have never discussed in Usenet, learned programming on a C64, or compiled a Linux kernel.
Knowledge Worker's Daily Subversion (2012-10-27)
I have returned to where I started from. This website closes on itself.
The Element is Back! (2012-09-22)
This website is currently participating in our website resurrection program. Extremely successfully, based on the metrics we have defined...
Just what the title says.
A Desperate Attempt to Write a Witty Introduction. (2011-04-22)
subversiv.at: Next Iteration of THE START PAGE.
I am an Expert. (2011-03-22)
I am the total antithesis of a dilettante and an amateur. Ha!
I Have No Clue About Art (2008-01-06)
That's the whole point of all that self-referential navel-gazing here.
Subversive Newsletter No. 2: On Self-Reference (2008-01-06)
Presenting trivial and pseudo-funny facts. 2 is a prime number - go figure.
Subversive Newsletter No. 1: On Subversion at Large (2007-05-10)
The market for subversive consulting was increasing rapidly.
What is the purpose of this site? (Re: subversiv.at) (2005-06-10)
Based on my scientific, extremely thorough logfile analysis this is the main exit page of subversiv.at So I hope you enjoyed flying with us! The element has finally managed to really put you off!
The Scary Part (2004-12-01)
subversiv.at: The first English page.
The Subversive Element (2004-10-15)