This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Last winter, the internet was overrun with six-eyed dog faces, human legs that are actually slugs and other images reminiscent of the day you ate magic mushrooms and feverishly explored your kitchen floor. In fact, these were the dreams of an AI developed by Google. And it was only a matter of time before the technology inspired new forms of art. That day, my friends, has come. The Grey Area Foundation, in collaboration with Google Research, has put together the first of several art exhibits that make use of biologically-inspired forms of computing called artificial neural networks. The most famous of these is Deep Dream, an algorithm that takes everyday images of, say, clouds, and enhances contours until it's sussed out hidden pig-snails and camel-birds. (Here's how that works.)

But the exhibit also features other neural network-based tools, including style transfer, which "uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images". This allows the artist to mash up a Manet and a Picasso the way a DJ might mix a house and a pop song.

The exhibition, which took place this week at the Grey Area Art & Technology Theatre in San Fransisco, includes 29 neural network artworks, created by artists at Google and around the world. It was a one-off event, tickets were limited and the pieces were auctioned to the highest bidders. But for those who couldn't make the trip, the Grey Area Foundation has agreed to share a sneak peak with us.

Here is the future of fine art. Embrace it, or be destroyed in the robot apocalypse.


This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mario Klingemann / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mario Klingemann / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mario Klingemann / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Mike Tyka / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Alexander Mordvintsev / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Alexander Mordvintsev / Grey Area Foundation

This Google Dream Bot-Inspired Artwork Is Mind Blowing

Courtesy of Alexander Mordvintsev / Grey Area Foundation

Top image: Courtesy of Memo Atken / Grey Area Foundation


Comments

    If an actual artist painted these it would be incredible. The amount of craft and talent being equal or even surpassing the ingenious capacity of dreaming such forms and shapes. But being procedurally generated? Eh.

      I agree in some ways, in that an artist creating works like this by hand would be a better artist in my opinion.

      But an artist uses whatever techniques, medium and tools they have available to create an artwork. There is still skill involved in art like this even if its just in having a "good eye" to pick out what images work and what just look crap. In some cases an artist working with procedurally generated scenes may just click the "randomise" button and see what appears, but they may also be manipulating the results to create a certain outcome.

      If a photographer took a prize winning photo of a landscape, would you discount their efforts simply because the landscape was there all along and they just happened to take a photo at the right time?

      I particularly like the image above that looks a little like violins, because in my peripheral vision my brain sees violins, but when I actually focus directly on one in particular it seems to de materialise and become just a dark shape, an interesting brain illusion I think.

      Last edited 28/02/16 9:39 pm

        Oh yeah, I'm not entirely discounting the skill necessary or implying it is entirely devoid of artistic value. Just my personal and subjective opinion as an observer, "eh". But you are right in comparing it to photography.

      Three dee printable sculptures would be interested.

    Google's AI is down right innocent and cute and funny. It's like a curious little child trying to express itself from an acid trip.

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