Category: Generators

Occupy London with cartoons

An online tool which made it easy to generate political cartoons to support Occupy London. Once a week I printed them, went to St Pauls and put them on display. I also exhibited the cartoons in other places, such as cafes and bookshops.

Well known artists contributed work, which became part of a big stock of ‘ready-made’ fantastic drawings and cartoons – for everyone to remix.

The project is a collectively authored and networked satire, giving everyone a chance to participate/ support/ express themselves through political comics.

Buddy Rivers Live (the automatic comedian)

‘Buddy Rivers Live’ was a live networked performance. The first performance took place on 26 April 2008 at 55 Leroy Street, London SE1, and was simultaneously webcast. This project used live internet searches converted into voice via a text to speech synthesiser.

I wrote a background story for the project: the Leroy Club was a legendary venue in the 1950’s comedy circuit, where many famous comedians started out. One of these was Buddy Rivers, who returned for this benefit gig to help save the venue. He hadn’t done standup for years and feared he’d lost his edge, so in an attempt to modernise his act, he used computer programs and Internet searches to generate his jokes. But how would the audience react?

Cartoon generator

This is an online cartoon generator where you can be author, collaborator, and even a character within the story.

Put your face into the story, add your comments, gossip, drawings, your own storylines. All these are mixed with a surreal element – dialogue generated through distortion of live news taken from web feeds.

Once you’ve generated your masterpiece, you print it out and take it away!

The wreckers

This is an interactive work on the subject of the ‘wreckers’.

In early January 2007 a container ship was grounded off the coast of Devon, England, and just like they did centuries before, the locals came to loot what they could. The police stood helpless as locals took BMWs out of containers…

My idea was to make what I called ‘debate drawings’ – networked drawings that were more connected to a subject, and to have a debate going on inside a picture, or even a debate that creates a picture.


netdraw is a digital/ networked project. It’s a spin-off from the interactive story experiment Shirley Bassey Mixed Up. I separated the networked generated illustration part from the story, with the idea of just using it to generate big illustrations. It’s

Shirley Bassey Mixed Up

Shirley Bassey Mixed Up is an experimental illustrated 14-page networked; generative biography, following Shirley Bassey’s career. The illustrations are network generated, built dynamically from Yahoo searches. Through specifying different searches and playing with the customisation options, readers create an illustration for each page of the story.

By pulling in data from the Internet and manipulating/ transforming it within a story, this work can be described as a networked narrative. The structure is basically a traditional (linear) 14-page story built on top of a generative composition tool, that uses Internet search data as its input.


Newscomic recycles the news, re-mixes it, subverts and distorts it.

This was an early generative satire, digital/ networked project that takes live news feeds from major popular sources, chops them up at random and puts the resultant text into speech bubbles in a comic.

The comic illustrations reflect the current latest news, and are regularly updated to keep up with the news.

Corrugation St

Corrugation Street is an experiment in collectively authored and networked generated stories. It’s an online soap opera that you, me and the Internet write together. A communally created soap opera.

The ideas for this project came from my desire to tell my own stories online. I realised that presenting stories in a traditional manner, with a strong separation between the author and the reader, doesn’t work well on the Internet which is an increasingly open, participative, sharing and community-driven medium. In this Project I decided to approach my storytelling in the same way, and let other authors help me write the stories.