No Blame is an amorphous digital book of poetry and art, with text by Tyler Carter and coding/artwork by Eric Goddard-Scovel. It consists of 64 pages, with 48 poems (i.e., 16 static original poems and 32 poems shuffled by algorithms partially derived from the casting of I Ching hexagrams) and 16 works of generative art.

We call it an "amorphous" digital book because it presents a unique outcome each time the program runs. Just as a hexagram of the I Ching is cast when the I Ching is used as a method of divination, the content of No Blame is cast with every generation so that the lines of 32 of its poems are shuffled into new arrangements, the 16 artworks are generated in new variations, and each poem and artwork is associated with a new hexagram. This casting is not simply random but is instead an outcome of the algorithms of the I Ching and an algorithm derived for this project.

Press the button below to generate, or “cast,” No Blame, or visit the links at the bottom of the page to learn more about the project.

Generate the Book

Instructions: After generating the book, use the navigation buttons on the right to move through the pages or refresh and generate a new version of the book. Please be patient while the book generates: it may anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds, depending on your computer.