Uncreative Design

A1 – Caption Machine

Caption Machine

Design a machine that selects a set of images and selects a caption for each image.

A machine means that you are not selecting the individual images or captions yourself. You are defining an algorithm – a methodical system – that selects the images and the captions for you, and that assigns a caption to a particular image. It does not mean you have to build a physical device – a machine can be an assemblage of ideas, or processes, or instructions. The point is that after you design the machine, you are not making subjective choices about the images and the captions.

You will present a brief description of your machine (this can be an oral description, a written description or a diagram). You will present 25 image/caption pairs to the class. The final medium is for you to determine. Physical outputs should be pinned up in the classroom prior to the next class.

John Berger, Ways of Seeing, First Episode:

– John Berger, Ways of Seeing, Chapter 1
– William S. Burroughs, The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin, http://www.ubu.com/papers/burroughs_gysin.html

slides from class:
– Caption Machines