Ouvroir de Littérature Potentille -- OULIPOT (Workshop for Potential Literature) – Referencing The New Media Reader, Wardrip-Fruin & Montfort
Queneau. 100,000,000,000 Poems. Paris: Gallimard 1961. ----. Yours for the Telling. Gallimard. 1973. Lescure. A Brief History of the Oulipo. Gallimard. 1973 Berge. For a Potential of Combinatory Literature. Gallimard. 1973. Fournel. Computer and Writer: The Centre Pompidou Experiment. 1981 Calvino. Prose and Anticombinatorics. Gallimard 1981.
This “knitting circle” is not primarily about producing texts, it is potential literature, not literature that its members fashion.
The idea of potential literature is to analyze and synthesize constraints, eg the lipgram where a certain letter of the alphabet cannot be use.
Founding text and prototypical example is A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems, a sonnet that had the potential to define a new type of computer-mediated textuality, producing custom poems in ways that give the reader an enhanced role in the process of literary creation. (See Fournel, Centre Pomidou Experiment.)