Data and AI
Our world is becoming entangled - so much of our consensus reality is being created by the software we hardly understand – financial markets where bots endlessly trade with other bots, social media algorithms that control what narrative we see, even AI deep fakes that make us doubt our own ears and eyes.
Kyung Jin Jeong has created a GAN that shows just how easy it is to take a photograph of any room and change it into an ‘attractive advertisement image’, calling to question perhaps this ease in which it is possible to transform images using machine learning.
As it becomes harder and harder to sort out where the human influence is in the process of AI, it is perhaps important to unpick and make legible how these processes work such as in Celeste Camilleri’s 'Datafields' which explores the complexity of dataset creation and the inherent biases that are part of the process through her online experience.
It is also important to remember, as Erik Lintunen does in his writing and project 'Cloudy Logic' how complex and brittle these systems are – how they are ‘precise, intricate and sensitive to contextual change’ – and how hard it discuss and explore the nuances of how they actually work without a background in digital technologies or data practises. But these projects, and the other work across IED, open up and build a vocabulary and language around artificial intelligence for other creative practitioners and the wider general public and present an alternative way of engaging with machine learning.
Anna Ridler (b. 1985) is an artist and researcher who lives and works in London. She is interested in working with collections of information or data, particularly self-generated data sets, to create new and unusual narratives in a variety of mediums and how new technologies, such as machine learning, can be used to translate them to an audience. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA from Oxford University. Her work has been exhibited widely at cultural institutions worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, the Barbican Centre, Centre Pompidou, HeK Basel, The Photographers’ Gallery, the ZKM Karlsruhe, and Ars Electronica.