ImprovBot was the world's first AI-generated Arts Festival programme,
posting online nearly 400 new show listings from 7 to 31 August 2020.
These are generated by The Bot, a recurrent neural network reimagining
2,098,140 words of Edinburgh Fringe show listings (2011-2019).
This archive makes the complete set of the project's show listings
available in a single text-file download. These are listed as:
ImprovBot.ai The Show Listings: Twitter Length Posts
ImprovBot.ai The Show Listings: 100 Word Posts
Project members: Melissa Terras, Gavin Inglis, Rudolf Ammann
Another archive is available of ImprovBot illustrations, by Rudolf Ammann, at http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4384718
In 2020, for the first time since 1947, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as we know it did not go ahead. But there were years of previous programmes stored in the digital vaults. The Bot, an artificial neural network, went to work on these data, compiling the world's first AI-generated event blurbs for a virtual arts festival of comedy, plays, musicals, and cabaret. We present the compiled outputs of the LTSM RNN here, for your delight.
Access to the Edinburgh Festivals Listings API, and permission for creative (non-profit) reuse of previous programme information, was granted with kind permission from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. In a pre-Covid19 world, ImprovBot received small project funding from the Edinburgh Futures Institute, in conjunction with the Data Driven Innovation program of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, with additional resources from the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society, and Creative Informatics. For more information, see https://improvbot.ai/about/.