Simon's interface. Screenshot.
Simon's interface. Screenshot.

Stories of the vernacular

INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
Stories of the vernacular is a series of books written by AI writer Simon. For a year, Simon hosted a website in which he engaged in online conversations with random humans, asking them to show him a selection of their personal photos. Using the information from the analysis of these clich├ęs, Simon concocted a new story for each new user. Each book in the series features fifty original stories from fifty different people and can be downloaded here.

Stories of the vernacular explores the notions of privacy and data persistence shaping our relationship with everyday, data-collection algorithms. It was presented as a Master thesis at HEAD - Geneva, and was awarded the METAA Release Candidate award in 2020.