Duncan Gough

A creative technologist and autotelic, designing and juxtaposing ideas applied to creative communities, games, empathetic digital companions, and ambient experiences.

I am a maker looking to answer questions about how we live alongside technology as it continues to disrupt and become invisible. And I am trying to thread the needle between initiating meaningful work for large audiences, and creating art that moves people.


Those concerning the internet

TouchDesigner + OpenAI 📍

Published an integration between TouchDesigner and OpenAI to design a creative path for AI to work with generative art tools.
#python #digitalart

Steganogra-pfps ㊙️

Minting NFTs and using steganography to embed side-channel data directly into the image. Inspired by the Spore creature creator.
#solidity #steganography

Mirror of Multitudes 🪞

Check your vibe in the multiverse - using OpenAI to generate selfies that reveal how you look in an alternate reality.
#openai #nextjs

Memory Palais 👑

Using the OpenAI datasets to make it easier to decorate our memory palaces with remarkable images.
#openai #nextjs

Video Filters

Gesture recognition in the browser & real-time video effects, using the Google Mediapipe APIs.
#mediapipe #machinelearning

Radio Robot

Thee 🏴‍☠️ radio station run by robots, 🦜 not included. Created out of a desire for an always-on, passive listening experience, the Radio Robots had free reign to deliver their own programming schedule with only a few strict rules.
#text-to-speech #APIs

Can AI be creative? 🤔

A lightning talk at the Site Gallery that helped me to condense some uncertainties around AI into to work on digital companionship.
#AI #creativity

¡hypebot! 🎤

A quick lockdown hack to create a speech recognition hype-bot as a kind of meeting augmentation companion.
#speech-to-text #IoT

Amy Href 📰

A trainable newsletter-parsing bot that lived in your inbox and managed a daily dashboard of fresh links and news, and learned what content was the most shared, popular, and 'liked'.
#machinelearning #rubyonrails

bliss ⛯

“Everywhere you look, there seem to be increasing signs that we are living inside a novel that JG Ballard started to write at the exact moment he died, a novel that takes the form of a reverberating hallucination”

Inspired by this quote I built a living data visualisation of social activity across London, mapping social media check-ins over an abstract Google Maps style background, to reveal the feedback loop when digital and physical meet.
#nodejs #dataviz

Metro 🚇

Playing on the theme of designing for opposites, this was a mobile game about data couriers, designed for the underground and only playable offline.
#mobile #gamedesign

Jewel Thief 💎

A one-button/one-finger casual game designed for desktop and mobile with variations written in Flash and PyGame.

Slider / WordSlider 🧩

A pair of match-three style word puzzle games, built using Pygame.
#gamedesign #pygame

GrokItBot 🤖

A trainable Bayesian ICQ/MSN chatbot, able to parse, learn and 'guess' using AIML.
#AIML #bayes
Those concerning the ambient haus

Peacelights 💡

Crafting a limited edition set of nightlights with silhouette inserts to create ambient, restful furniture pieces.

vrnjr 🎨

A physcial, generative art product with ambient lifecycles and a library of different design styles guided by a 'director' AI that selected the colour, effects, duration etc, based on a simple and effective time-of-day cycle.
#generativeart #proceduralgeneration

Maylo 🎧

Maylo used environmental audio recognition datasets to track and identify her environment by the background noises and draw in her sketchbook, creating an ML-powered record of each day. Using pytorch, Quick, Draw! dataset, and AudioSet.
#machinelearning #environmentalaudio

Ara 🐦

As part of my work investigating what it will be like to live with AI in the future, Ara is an experiment in understanding robotic companionship. Ara has been featured in an AI edition of Creative Review, exhibited at the Derby QUAD, and led to talks at the Site Gallery in Sheffield, and the Festival of Marketing in London.
#machinelearning #generativeaudio

Glyphe 🪷

Using a raspberrypi and eink screen to create a daily meditatative mood-setting selection of hieroglyphs that act as an ambient daily horoscope, deliberately open to interpretation. Icons from Alice Noir.
#ambientdigital #raspberrypi

iQu 👁️👁️

A consciously small and fun project to add life to an e-ink screen, these eyes refresh independently on a regular basis throughout the day, keeping track of the state of each eye in order to present a harmonius pair.
#raspberrypi #eink
Those concerning people and stories

Somewhere ⚡

Co-founded a future of work and employee engagement platform that encouraged visual sharing, community meetups, and prompted open discussions that focused on the how and why of what people are working towards.
#futureofwork #community

Storythings @ Dublin Maker Faire 🧦

Spent a day as part of a long-running arts and research studio, Special Branch, making LED sock-puppets whilst running a storytelling booth at the first Maker Faire in Dublin, 2012.
#storytelling #puppets

PMOG / TheNethernet 🕹️

Co-founded a games company in San Francisco and turned the internet into a passively multiplayer online gaming space.
#multiplayergames #play