NEURAL DREAMS /

HUMAN MACHINES

2014 - 2018

Neural Dreams / Human Machines is a series of experiments created during the early days of the release of the Google Deep Dream neural network tool that allowed the public access its generative and computational methods. Drawing from mass culture, the artist collected found images and footage from the public domain to run through Google Deep Dream in exploring how machines visually interpret and transform the visual culture of humans.

 

The artist paired Google Deep Dream with other frameworks such as OpenFrameworks in these early figurative and material experiments in exploring the limits and possibilities of neural networks as a new medium for artistic expression. In this early stage, frame-by-frame processing was manually adjusted and a short video often took several weeks to process.

More images can be viewed upon request.

The video (top) was run through the Google Deep Dream engine multiple cycles frame by frame, then pieced back together frame by frame to show the morphology of the image via machine processing.

The image (bottom) is a frame taken from Little Babies Ice Cream commercial directed by Doug Garth Williams, copy and voice by Matthias Bossi, music by Jon Guez.

Stills taken from old TV commercials and scientific infographics and processed through the Google Deep Dream engine. 2014.

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