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Installation : Neural Zoo

16th May 2019 - 31st May 2019


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.


16th May 2019
31st May 2019
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Highcross Shopping Centre
5 Shires Lane
Leicester, LE1 4AN United Kingdom
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0116 242 8644
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Sofia Crespo

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