The Source of the Work of Art (2014-15)

Conceptual art was revolving mostly around the idea of art – the idea which still remains hopeless undefined. Since at least 1986* we know that a machine is able to establish network of concepts in surprisingly human way. In spite of recent advances in AI, sentient machines will be still a science fiction prop for the foreseeable future. However, is art something exclusively human or could be simulated? In other words - is it computable or not?

Machine learning and real time CG, software installation, dimension varies
Idea and realisation © Przemyslaw Sanecki 2014-15

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Despite its age, Heidegger's writing about art remains an important account of phenomenon which escapes from a scientific lawfulness. We can safely assume that machines will keep to gather a knowledge about humanity by means of acquisition and processing of data. Therefore, we can already wonder whether the art will finally emerge as an intrinsic part of machine's subjectivity. The formal axis of the work is a language model constructed on Martin Heidegger's "Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes".

The screen no.1 shows a gravity drift in a semantic space - words are clustered according to their mutual similarities. The screen no.2 consists of a real-time output from a generative model. The accompanying sound comes from a synchronization of consecutively emerging words with sonification of their vector space embedding.

Machine learning and real time CG, software installation, dimension varies
Idea and realisation © Przemyslaw Sanecki 2014-15

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