london design festival

Natural Networks is a project on language and animism, using poetry and artificial intelligence to connect humans with natural environments.


The project consists of a series of floating buoys collecting environmental data from different locations across the London canals, then sending them to a neural network over the internet.


The data is then processed by a machine learning algorithm, trained to generate poems from a large set of twentieth century poetry.


These are some of the poems generated by the AI:

The product design looks back at offshore oil rigs lifeboats, often found on the London canals.


Natural Networks was developed with six:thirty and featured as part of the “Water” exhibition at the Copeland Gallery, during the London Design Festival 2017.