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⌞NATURAL•NETWORKS⌝

art project

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.