digital

studies in authorship, simulation, perception, attribution of meaning; navigating framing in online + virtual domains.

Digital Unconscious

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An exercise in latent logic, contemplating the digital unconscious. GPT-2 is a text generator using a deep neural network. Trained on a unique dataset of essays incorporating computation and consciousness theories – a characterisation emerges which asserts an ideological, socio-political, manifesto.

Additional images are generated by an image GAN (generative adversarial network) which processes the text to imagine distinctive patterns.

Project

A Virtual Idyll

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Generated by an image-GAN which processed non-relevant text – these pictures have been curated, out of a sea of chaos, for their gentle, impressionistic atmosphere. Reminiscent of photographic memories, this machine dream imagines a quiet and pastoral coastal vacation. A figure catches our eye, inviting us in.

Robert Wells notes that “gardens can reveal the perceived relationships between individuals and Nature… Our picture of eden is a proposition about an ideal world… It evokes a sense of nostalgia, longing and loss… It is eternally abundant… It is is non-confrontational and static.”

Exorgan

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Boundaries between organic and artificial and blurred in this biosynthetic lab.

Second Skin

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Abstracted found materials, which are manufactured to represent simulated skin, as practice for medical sutures.

Second Skin

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Abstracted found materials, which are manufactured to represent simulated skin, as practice for medical sutures.

Im/material

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This collection evokes materiality of the virtual through found images of physical materials on the internet.

Original photography of these samples are distanced from their environmental qualities and the contact with human senses. The further abstraction of these from functional context, repurposed through a dislocated and disembodied medium, challenges issues of material posession and ephemerality of copyright. The images have been chosen for the qualities of transparency, reflection and shadow, as well as inner fragmentation.

Latent Rites

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Images retrieved from latent space crossfire. Still frames between transforming movements of pattern recognition and interpretation. Reminiscent of indigenous masks and vibrant ritual dress, in which through repetitive trance liminal states can be entered into.

Prima Meta

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Extracted from an algorithmic image suggestion, this composite constructs an ironic perspective of visual processing and the mechanics of perception, in particular machine-learningA generic correlation has been formed between the golden hues and shapes of liquid magma, molten iron, goldfish, baked salmon and pastry.

Prima Matter is the origin material of the alchemical process, a metaphor of personal psychological metamorphosis, in which gold was commonly believed to be transmuted.