Natural Networks is a project about language and animism, using poetry and artificial intelligence to connect humans with natural environments.
The project consists of a series of floating buoys, that collects environmental data from different locations across the London canals, then sends 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.
Some of the poems created by the artificial intelligence:
How a canal can communicate its feelings through a language developed by humans? Some poems might look meaningless to us, but they are not random. The canals sometimes create new words, in a language that we don't understand.
Natural Networks was featured as part of an exhibition entitled ’Water’ during the London Design Festival 2017. ‘Water’ brought together a diverse group of designers to explore one of the most important materials on Earth. The exhibition took place in the Copeland Gallery, Peckham