Over the course of this project, we’ve gotten a lot of questions. Hopefully we can clear things up here.
What the heck is this?
RNN Descriptions is a sporadically created collection of short stories and art created by me and my friend, Mojiferous. All the stories and art are independent of each other, and you can read or look at any of them in any order. While each creation is unfettered from the next, they seem incidentally connected by a theme or setting, though it’s not our place to say what threads connect what.
Why are the titles so weird, though?
The titles are generated by a recurrent neural network (thus the name, RNN Descriptions). Mojiferous trains the RNN on classic art descriptions to generate absurd art titles. With each new collection of titles, he picks the best, feeds those words back into the network, and it continues to get weirder. You can find the entire list of every title it has generated so far here.
So a machine writes these stories and makes this art?
No, people still make the art and the stories. The machine comes up with the titles.
There’s a lot here, where should I start?
I’d start by taking a look at these pictures:
- Black Altar in Raised Moss and Skull Man
- Gold Mask Figure with Lantern Under Arches of a Small Building at Right
- Dark Stones at Center with Spectators on Mountain
- Spheres at Center of Landscape with Spectators
- Triangle Figures at Center of Plaza
And these stories:
- Streaks in Front of Skull
- Black Altar in Raised Moss and Skull Man and Tentacles at Right of Clouds
- Machine in a Golden House
- Man with a Dark Book, Skull Cult Tree
- Man Wears Geometric Outline of Woman’s Head
This is a still a lot, is there an easy way for me to keep up with it all?
Yes! Subscribe to the newsletter. The newsletter goes out on the 1st and the 15th of the month and includes everything published in that time. It takes about 15 minutes to read everything in the newsletter, at most. You should also follow Mojiferous on Instagram for all the new art as soon as it’s posted.
Can’t you just put this into an ebook or something so I can read it all at once?
Yes, but I’m going to wait until there’s a little more substance, probably around the 50th story mark or so.
What’s this “Long Panel of Stones” business all about?
First off, it’s One Long Panel of Stones. Second, who knows?! It appears to be a serialized book, with the first draft being written live, online, for everyone to read as it goes. Fun stuff, right? If you want to sort through just these chapters as they go up, you can do so here. I have no idea how long this will go on for or how long the final product will be, but thus far, in the spirit of the rest of the RNN, it’s been very short, punchy chapters .
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