autograf Group Created with Sketch.

Back to all

Troy Innocent 2009
generative drawing software

autograf is a generative asemic writing system written as part of research into experimental ecosystems. It generates tags by recombining gestures from a collection of marks used to form letters in graffiti tags. The languages that are generated by this process are both familiar and alien; its tags look like letters but remain indecipherable.

The system is constantly and rapidly reinscribing itself. Tags consume and erase one another with those that are most successful at holding onto territory within the moving image reproducing with one another and generating stylistic hybrids. The processes behind this interaction are modeled on an ecosytem made of languageā€”tags have energy, they live and die, replicate, and may steal or give energy to their neighbours. This ecosystem is sonified; the generated soundtrack reflects the ebb and flow of energy in the system.