The Infinite Adventure Machine

Designer David Benqué examines the role of imagination in computer-generated folk tales

Giving mythical tales a modern makeover, designer David Benqué has created The Infinite Adventure Machine, a story-generating program that merges fairytale narration with digital computing. Modeled after the 31 functions of folktales identified by the philosopher Vladimir Propp, The Infinite Adventure Machine generates timed visual cues and synopses for imagining your own story. Propelling the plot is a formula that denotes each of the 31 …

Jed’s Other Poem Video

With the dawn of the future just days away (yeah, I'm talking about the iPhone), I couldn't have discovered this interesting lo-fi music video at a more perfect time. Programmed entirely in Applesoft II on a vintage 1979 Apple ][+ with 48K of RAM (pictured above), the music video for Grandaddy's song "Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)" is a beautifully mesmerizing experiment that reveals the …

Complexification

This unusual work is made by Jared Tarbell, an artist and programmer from Albuquerque New Mexico. These graphics are all created through computer programs he creates. He says "With an algorithmic goal in mind, I manipulate the work by finely crafting the semantics of each program. Specific results are pursued, although occasionally surprising discoveries are made." The images are printed as Archival prints with pigmented …