The Truth, Post-Truth & Nothing Like The Truth

I gave this talk at the Devonshire Collective Digital Weekender in Eastbourne on 9th Feb 2018.

Covering topics including: algoculture, machine-mediated-reality, AI, bots, deepfakes, george osborne, robert anton wilson, operation mindfuck and newt gingrich

Filmed by Anna Winter

Digital Weekender, produced by Devonshire Collective
Curator/Programmer: Amy Zamarripa Solis & Jon Pratty
Part of the Threshold Programme
Supported by Arts Council England and Devonshire West Big Local


Recently I’ve been playing with Generative Adversarial Networks, which are a new flavour of neural network architecture which can be used to generate new representations from a corpus of data. That data can be images, speech, music, pretty much anything that can be represented as data.

In this case, I’m using a GAN to generate new images from a set of pictures.

I fed my network the mugshots of all current UK MPs, in an attempt to find what the politicians of latent space might look like.

Technically speaking, 649 images is way too few to get any decent generalisation. But for the purposes of art, the results are perfect.

Herewith, 32 algorithmically generated politicians:

SLAB magazine

We (The Private Sector) have produced a new magazine called SLAB. The first issue, titled ‘Brexit Wounds’, is available now.

It contains submissions from some of the finest counter-cultural writers and artists of the age, but all published pseudonymously, so you’ll have to guess who they are.

SLAB Rules
All contributers must abide by the following rules.

#1 Anonymity – all submissions are credited to anonymous, or an obscure pseudonym of your choosing.

#2 Editors decision is final. We’ve tried being ‘inclusive’ before, it means deluding people into believing their work is good, when it’s not.

#3 No pricks. No cunts. See above.


We are currently accepting contributions for issue #2, “Liquefying Reality”, to be published summer 2018. See for more details.


Much is made of the empowering nature of the internet. The way it can connect people globally, to share their knowledge and creativity. However, it’s worth remembering that over half the world’s population is NOT online, and they are filled with knowledge and creativity too.

One such non-citizen of the internet is my friend, artist, writer and musician, Tim Leopard. One of his most prolific artistic activities is the creation of drawings. It seems a shame that such a unique talent should be stuck denied the opportunity to share his work with the world – something that citizens of the internet take for granted.

So I automated him.

I’ve scanned (some of) Tim’s drawings, and built a bot to post one daily to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, opening up the work to previously unreachable audiences.

I also launched him on Patreon – if you like what he’s doing, go and support him.

Migration Patterns

Migration Patterns is a new series of 13 portraits, painted onto the pages of a discarded road atlas.


Everyone has a story, and their story is there to be read on their faces. This is a collection of portraits of Brighton people, each painted onto a map of their adolescent homeland. The teenage years are when (where) we define ourselves. Each of the subjects have been drawn to Brighton from disparate parts of the country, and it’s my conjecture that their defining characteristics that brought them to this town were formed in those difficult teenage years.

Alongside the images are recordings of each of the subjects, recounting stories from their formative years, perhaps revealing an insight into the kind of people they have become, and the journey that led them to settle in Brighton.

Migration Patterns is being shown at The Dynamite Gallery, 13 Trafalgar St, Brighton from 30th of September until 14th of October.

Click on the images below to see the portraits and hear what they said.