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VIP Launch : Gallery

Celebrating the launch of the ART-AI Festival at Phoenix with an opportunity to see Klingemann's and Heaney's work.

Installations are open throughout the festival (May 16-31).

 

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Installation : Britbot

The Britbot was originally commissioned for Sky Arts as part of their Arts 50 programme. It is an online voice activated chatbot that asks open-ended questions about ‘Britishness’ following topics in the UK citizenship test and corresponding book Life in the United Kingdom. Britbot responds to the answers given by someone interacting with it by sifting through hundreds of books, online articles and debates from which it compiles a reply it judges to be the best fit.

Britbot has been online since June 2018 and overtime has learnt from the people it interacts with. Its aim is to gather and reflect a diverse range of views and insights about what ‘Britishness’ really means today. When Britbot leaves Leicester’s Art AI Festival, it will be reformatted into a legacy website with insights drawn from its conversations with audiences. A book will also be published based on a selection of interactions with users.

As part of the ART AI Festival 2019 artwork trail, Libby Heaney's Britbot is on display at Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG - download map.

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Installation : Interstitial Space 2019

In this new interactive installation for the ART-AI festival, Klingemann has created an open feedback loop between the viewer and a portrait- generating adversarial network (GAN) – a type of AI system where two neural networks are pitted against each other.

Through a camera, the system behind the installation observes its own output - as it is being projected onto the wall of the gallery - and tries to identify facial features in real time.  These features are then reinterpreted by a GAN that has been trained on portraiture from western art, which then becomes part of a new output, projected on the opposite wall of the space.

The noise and misinterpretation introduced by the neural models involved in this process mean that this system will never repeat itself, revealing the nature of the data it has been trained on.  By stepping into the gap between the camera and the projection, the viewer’s portrait becomes part of the cycle and they can attempt to take control over the emerging visuals.

As part of the ART AI Festival 2019 artwork trail, Mario Klingemann's Interstitial Space 2019 is on display at Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG - download map.

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Installation : Neural Zoo

Neural Zoo is an exploration of the ways creativity works: the combination of known elements into a new, previously unseen element. The creator in this case is the algorithm itself but with a human artist as its muse. Isn’t all art made by humans an execution or reshaping of data absorbed through biological neurons? How can we continue to inspire machine learning algorithms to create art for us, emotional humans?

The work has been made in collaboration with a convolutional neural network. These images resemble nature but they represent an imagined nature that has been rearranged. Our visual cortex recognises the textures but the brain is simultaneously aware that the elements do not belong to any arrangement of reality that it has access to. Computer vision and machine learning have offered us a bridge between what we know and a speculative ‘naturess’ that can only be accessed
through high levels of parallel computation.

Extending this idea, the artist explores our known reality. She argues that we could ultimately be digitising cognitive processes and utilising them to feed new inputs into the biological world. Routines in an artificial neural network become responsible for authorship. The resulting change of roles between human and machine further confronts us with the question: can art be reduced to the remapping of data absorbed through sensory processes?

As part of the ART AI Festival 2019 artwork trail, Sofia Crespo's Neural Zoo is on display at Highcross and Haymarket Shopping Centres.  In Highcross, you can find the work located adjacent to Next (near the Bath House Lane entrance) and in Haymarket (5 Shires Lane, Leicester, LE1 4AN), the work is on display opposite The Entertainer on the ground floor and adjacent to TKMaxx on the first floor (1 Kildare Street, Leicester, LE1 3YA) - download map.

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Installation : Neural Zoo

Neural Zoo is an exploration of the ways creativity works: the combination of known elements into a new, previously unseen element. The creator in this case is the algorithm itself but with a human artist as its muse. Isn’t all art made by humans an execution or reshaping of data absorbed through biological neurons? How can we continue to inspire machine learning algorithms to create art for us, emotional humans?

The work has been made in collaboration with a convolutional neural network. These images resemble nature but they represent an imagined nature that has been rearranged. Our visual cortex recognises the textures but the brain is simultaneously aware that the elements do not belong to any arrangement of reality that it has access to. Computer vision and machine learning have offered us a bridge between what we know and a speculative ‘naturess’ that can only be accessed
through high levels of parallel computation.

Extending this idea, the artist explores our known reality. She argues that we could ultimately be digitising cognitive processes and utilising them to feed new inputs into the biological world. Routines in an artificial neural network become responsible for authorship. The resulting change of roles between human and machine further confronts us with the question: can art be reduced to the remapping of data absorbed through sensory processes?

As part of the ART AI Festival 2019 artwork trail, Sofia Crespo's Neural Zoo is on display at Highcross and Haymarket Shopping Centres.  In Highcross, you can find the work located adjacent to Next (near the Bath House Lane entrance) and in Haymarket (5 Shires Lane, Leicester, LE1 4AN), the work is on display opposite The Entertainer on the ground floor and adjacent to TKMaxx on the first floor (1 Kildare Street, Leicester, LE1 3YA) - download map.

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