Britbot is an artwork by Libby Heaney exploring 'British' identity. It is a computer program you can talk to that was trained initially on a version of Britishness related to the UK citizenship test. As Britbot interacts with people, it learns from what they say to become a wider reflection of Britain today.
You do not need to know anything about 'Britishness' to speak to Britbot. It wants to hear your views and opinions on the subject.
Arts Council England provided Project Grant funding to widen the participation with Britbot. We worked with an arts social media marketer to promote Britbot and encourage people to talk and share their views with it.
The online content or memes produced to encourage discussion on social media also forms part of the documentation of the project. This content was based on and inspired by the discussions people were having with Britbot and included drawings, printed tea towels, still images, animations and gifs, some of which have found their way into Somerset House’s Shop.