Love Lives Bot, 2018—forever
where does love live? from time to time, underneath a fiddle
where does love live? at present, amidst epilepsy
generally love sits amidst a reef knot
where does love live? at certain moments, underneath whiteness
where does love live? at the moment, upon a bass guitar
if you're searching for love, at the moment she flies against electroclash
looking for love? i hear tonight she's alongside bounds
searching for love? i hear at dawn she's through birds of paradise
searching for love? i hear from time to time she's near robber
where does love live? periodically, according to a toilet paper tube
The Love Lives Bot is a tiny Twitter-based robot that tracks & shares past, present, & future locations where love resides. Part pixel & part poetry, the Love Lives Bot is a digital art installation built by Topaz Winters using generative grammar that spins computer code into the odd, the tragic, & the beautiful. The bot dances on the boundary between programming & human language, learns from its mistakes, & incorporates DM'ed & replied suggestions from readers into its future tweets. All those yearning for love need search no more. She's right here. She's awake. She's waiting for you with open arms.
The Love Lives Bot has 300 Twitter followers & growing, & has inspired the creation of another Twitter bot, Caroline Grand-Clement's Things Are Poetry Bot.
“The Love Lives Bot is a cozy place, a bot full of feelings and thoughts, and something every one of us might need at some point in our lives. It is an unconditionally hopeful reminder of how full of love the world is—in the places that mean everything to us, but also in the places we would never think of.”
“In a landscape where the line between virtual and actual often ceases to exist, and where intimacy is an increasingly digital endeavour, the Love Lives Bot is a pioneer. It mirrors love in its ability to be simultaneously comforting and disorienting. It is limitless, as cyberspace is limitless. The Love Lives Bot is validating and true, just as both love and the Internet should be.”
—Bronwen Brenner, writer & contributor to the new york times-bestselling anthology feminists don’t wear pink
"Bless the Love Lives Bot. I didn't know I needed this account in my life but I clearly did, because I felt my heart expand a bit more."
"Looking for love in all the strange places. Topaz Winters' Love Lives Bot is a slippery hand to grip for amorous flings behind belfries, boiler rooms and pressure cookers. A sweet, romantic machine."
"Topaz Winters's Love Lives Bot is nothing short of a mixture of surprise & tenderness. Every time @lovelivesbot tweets, I am reminded of the beauty & love that hides everywhere in the world. I await updates from this precious bot when I'm feeling down because I know it always brings me a little hope. A couple of my favorites, or the ones that touched me the most, in every delightful way: where is love? from time to time, astride a piano heart; &: looking for love? i hear this morning she's after gossip. So if you were wondering where love resides at the moment? She most definitely is in @lovelivesbot."
“Topaz Winters’ Love Lives Bot is a reminder that love can reside anywhere. From in between chasms to among hairbrushes, this small, magical bot reminds us to simply look around for love if we want to find it. Like everything else Topaz Winters does, this bot is a gift & a love letter to her readers.”