Augmented Imagination: Machine Learning Art as Automatism

Philipp Schmitt
Jan 15, 2018 · 6 min read
Left: Trevor Paglen. A Man (Corpus: The Humans) Adversarially Evolved Hallucination
Right: Sascha Pohflepp. Spacewalk: Carnivores 3, Generation 320.

Machine Learning Art and Surrealism

Left: Max Ernst. Wizard Woman. 1941. United States
Right: Max Ernst. The Angel of the home or the Triumph of Surrealism. 1937. Paris, France

What do Surrealist Automatism and Machine Learning Art have in common?

In this video Max Ernst demonstrates his use of frottage.
fig.1 — Frottage process
fig.2 — machine learning art process

Machine Learning as a tool for imaginaries

Max Ernst. The Fugitive (L’Évadé) from Natural History (Histoire Naturelle). C. 1925, published 1926 © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


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