Aleatory Thursday: Ink Splatter + NASA press release = ?

Two Thursdays ago, I tried my first aleatory creativity technique – a variation of the cut-up technique. For that one, I cut up a page of text from an El Greco art book, put the words in a plastic bag and drew them out randomly to make a “poem” of sorts. The idea is to stimulate creativity and combine words together that you might not have with your conscious mind. I will be featuring a reworked poem shaped from that first experiment tomorrow. But today I proudly present experiment #2: a combination of bulletism and automatic writing, whereby I shot ink at a written text and took the unobscured words as I found them as a “poem.” I decided to shoot ink at an old NASA press release about the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on the Hubble Telescope (different topic than the first experiment and good sturdy paper).

The aleatory victim awaiting its fate

The aleatory victim awaiting its fate

A closer view of the press release

A closer view of the press release

I placed the press release in the bathtub, tipped some ink into a disposable nitrile glove, and poked a tiny hole in one of the fingers. There were some spousal concerns regarding ink being flung far and wide and/or staining the bathtub, but after allaying those I went to work.

The result!

The result!

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I was amazed at the overall beauty of the ink on the paper and how it mixed or covered the text. I waited for it to dry and transcribed the visible words, being fairly strict about including a word only if all the letters were visible.  Like the last aleatory result, there are a few gems in there, and I plan to use phrases from this one as inspiration to work into a poem. Click below or on the post if you want to see the transcribed remaining visible words.








Gas and Dust Young in the Orion

With the Hubble and Camera 2

(WFPC2). It

cloud of gas which is 1500 from

Earth and own Milky Way

the a cluster

now surrounding

these new stars are

hot and large amounts of

energizes the nearby

in the patterns.


An important new made with these

images is more than



same size as

of cool

by the same

the whole nebula. Several

a “tail’ away


from the hot stars are actively

gas and dust clouds associated with dual

the cluster.


A in the at the

of oval-shaped silhouettes backlit by

bright These are of great

the dark ovals flattened disks of

in-orbit the stars have

believed that the planets in our solar system

cloud orbiting

history. These image this idea

and that planet be on

the Orion.


With the field and Planetary Camera 2

The second wide field and Camera

(WFPC2) is one of five aboard

the earth-orbiting Hubble . This

was installed National

(NASA’s) shuttle


It replaced the

launched with the contains

corrective optics that coming from

primary mirror, restoring

the telescope to original


Above Earth’s atmosphere, the



for the study of


to use techniques to distances 10

from the ground.

contrast in crowded and

extends our to ultraviolet


its field of among internal

three f/13 wide and

The cameras


The planetary

the resolution the

three field of

four are to light from

far ultra- the near infrared. WFPC and the

original  and built by

Technology’s Jet Laboratory

Office of Space Science.


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