In Experiments in Latent Space, artist Wade Marynowsky uses the collaborative, machine-learning tool Artbreeder to produce two new video works. In Artbreeder, images are ‘bred’ by having ‘children’, or by mixing an image’s ‘genes’ with other images. The lineage of the hybrid image may be traced through a collaborative family tree, with breeding and sharing able to be used as methods for exploring highly complex spaces. The main technologies that enable this tool are called Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), such as BigGAN which was trained on ImageNet – a large visual database of more than 14 million images, designed for use in visual object recognition software research.
In Experiments in Latent Space, Marynowsky has applied experimental methods to generate unexpected outcomes. Purposefully inputting local flora and landscape photography into a portrait AI engine, Marynowsky forces the engine to find faces where there are none. For example, in The Lyrebirds, the viewer sees a slowly animated sequence of hybrid insects, animals, and bird-like creatures, created by crossbreeding across an extensive range of image categories.
Morphing from one hybrid creature to the next, Marynowsky’s videos never form recognisable new creatures or return as the original image that was first fed into the image generating network. Instead they exist in a liminal and latent space completely synthesised by the artist, the community and the algorithms, confusing our expectation of representation and as well as notions of authorship.
Dr Wade Marynowsky is an artist, academic and researcher working across digital media, robotics, immersive and interactive performance and installation. His practice is characterised by large-scale robotic, sound, light and interactive works that combine humour, camp and a host of unnerving thematics to absorbing effect. Dr Marynowsky has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1998, with his work being presented in major festivals, biennales and survey exhibitions around the world. He is a lecturer in Interaction Design, School of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering & IT, UTS.
Join us on Thursday, 3 February for an online artist talk and machine learning workshop with Wade Marynowsky.
Information and tickets are available here. Limited places, bookings essential.
Exhibition can be viewed during The Learning Space opening hours.