I’m currently exploring computational creativity and synaesthesia, using genetic algorithms and machine learning to create poetry and audioscapes.  Candidate poetic fragments are tagged using the Stanford Natural Language Processing Group’s Part-of-Speech Tagger, against ‘model structures’ from Shakespeare’s sonnets.   The raw vocabulary pool comes from the sonnets also, with a few worlds thrown in from the world of computing.  The ‘flavour’ of the poetry is influenced by an incoming webcam stream of piles of junk and rotting organic matter.  Using a neural network (Rebecca Fiebrink’s Wekinator), the machine ‘tastes’ what it is seeing - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami - causing the poetry to shift in tone and content as the video stream changes.  This work made its debut at the Lumen Big Reveal / V&A Digital Futures at Hackney House, and will be developed for the Goldsmiths MA/MFA show in September and for the collaborative project Virtuality Mortality with XAP at Ugly Duck in October.


On a completely different scale, I am very pleased to have had some of my miniature electro-luminescent process drawings in the exhibition ‘too much as not enough’, which ran at Shtager Gallery until July.  The project follows from Duchamp’s Boîte-en-Valise - his portable miniature monograph - bringing many artists together in one cacophonic suitcase: “is too much the new not enough?”  The exhibition will be touring to other locations during the coming year.