Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

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An algorithm uses an image to generate prose and poetry, while a surveillance camera scans for faces and describes what it sees in “spoken” words.

The creative applications of artificial intelligence technology are becoming increasingly refined. A perfect example is this algorithm that, without human intervention, uses imagery to generate prose and poetry. Take any sort of photo you want, upload it, and the app will transpose the image into ornate text. A picture of a dead pigeon on a sidewalk might trigger a reflection on mortality; wearing a funny party hat might inspire the app to come up with a joke. This multimedia project uses artificial intelligence algorithms to generate textual descriptions of images. This could be the beginning of a new kind of camera, or a new kind of photography. There are two physical versions of this lexographic camera. The first, built using an old-fashioned film camera, prints texts and relevant passages from novels on the basis of the images it captures. The second is a fully automated pan-tilt-zoom surveillance camera that looks around for faces and describes what it sees in “spoken” words. Ross Goodwin’s is the harbinger of robots that will interpret and describe their surroundings using human terminology.

Selected for IDFA 2015 and eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.

Presented as part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program by IDFA and De Brakke Grond during DocLab Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence on Monday 23 November and as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Ross Goodwin

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