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Published: 2 Dec 2011

The Infinite Adventure Machine App


The Infinite Adventure Machine is a groundbreaking smartphone app devised by London-based designer David Benqué, which allows storytellers to generate original fairy-tale plots.

The program is based on the research of Vladimir Propp, who identified common themes within the structure of Russian folk tales, which he then broke down into 31 narrative elements, such as villainy and trickery. The app works by randomly combining these 31 elements to create a synopsis. The storyteller’s job is then to use their imagination to fill in the gaps.

What’s striking is that each prompt includes a simple plot instruction and a supporting illustration – thus giving parents, children and teachers new ways in which to explore the realm of human imagination within the digital world.

David Benqué
Mad Libs

Arty Bollocks