“Through the haze of a machine’s mind we may glimpse our collective imaginations (Blade Runner)” 2017

“Through the haze of a machine’s mind we may glimpse our collective imaginations (Blade Runner)” is the result of a machine subject reorganizing the pixels and audio samples from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner according to colour and spectral similarity. This destroys the composition of the original, but preserves underlying statistical properties. The resulting images are softly undulating colour fields while the sounds flow between constant drone and glitch complexity due to the process of self-organization. The structure of the work is an emergent result of the interaction between the machine’s subjectivity and the underlying structure of Blade Runner. The incremental evolution of each scene’s sound-scape and colour field are realizations of the machine’s learning process, enabled by a self-organizing machine learning algorithm. The slow ambient movement of the sound and image is punctuated by drastic changes occurring in the image and sound corresponding to the cuts between scenes in the original.

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Exhibition History

2020, 15min Excerpt, Work of the Work Faculty Show, RBC Media Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada.
2019, 15min Excerpt, Photophobia, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada.
2017, Art on the Screens Program, City of Mississauga, Celebration Square, Mississauga, Canada.