You and the Garden
Digital Game • Santa Cruz, CA / Dundee, Scotland • 2015
You and the Garden is a first-person game of exploration and intimacy in which the player explores a low-poly garden space,
encountering an artificial intelligence presence within. Using a variety of player modeling and
artificial-intelligence planning techniques, the non-embodied AI presence responds to the player,
producing a dialogue of play between the player and the game.
Beyond simple exploration through the space, the player also has access to an in-game console to manipulate objects and interact
with the game. Together, the player and game explore an alternative to the grand fantasies of
AI, forming a personal and intimate relationship of understanding between two equal entities.