Computer-Generated Books


Latest publication: A.I. President: The First Automated Manifesto. Paperback available on Amazon.

‘God did not answer to the studies of the lawyers, so why should the president?’

The first A.I. President of the United States of America was developed from the last human incumbent, Donald J. Trump. The resultant hybrid immediately absorbed enough popular and literary culture to write a revolutionary Manifesto. Packed with heroes and villains, celebrity anecdotes, and motivational coaching, every page provokes and prophesies with both the lyricism of a romantic and the coolness of automation. ‘Paper book’ anniversary edition.

Computer-Generated Books for Plagiarists, 2015-16.

These books were a ruse aimed at academic plagiarists and poseurs. They were purportedly written by an overlooked theorist (who doesn’t actually exist). Each book is introduced and interpreted by the translator (who also doesn’t exist). The introductions deploy orthodox academic tropes and references. The books therefore sound plausible to anyone who reads little or nothing in their chosen humanities or arts subject but wishes to convey the impression that they do by writing in the persistent vogue for metatwaddle.

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Computer-Generated Short Stories, 2013.

These stories had previously been posted on more than one blog of mine over a long period. The project involved generating text from various books and blogs and then editing the output into stories that suggested themselves from within the morass of new phrase combinations. This is the book that started the plagiarism project above.

Outing Ageing, Holy Biscuit Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2013.

My exhibit in this group show was a twitter feed in the gallery:

‘Tweets about ageing are being selected and retweeted at intervals during the Outing Ageing exhibition. Responses on Twitter from visitors (including you) and the people originally retweeted could also become retweeted. Outing Ageing posterThe intention is to discover what emerges when attention is focused on how ageing is spoken about in social media, and furthermore, what a hosting exhibition might bring to that speech and focus. What can 140 characters reveal about our attitudes towards something that affects us all?’