Algorithms of Nature

April 29, 2023

Can we truly capture or imitate the complexities of our environment using relatively simple algorithms? To what extent can we predict the subtle intricacies of the natural world through the lens of mathematics?

'Algorithms of Nature' explores the intricate relationship between the unpredictable beauty of the natural world and the orderly structure of mathematical equations. Through the fusion of creative coding and artificial intelligence, it presents generative landscapes and algorithmic patterns that are reminiscent of real-life geological formations.

'Algorithms of Nature' was exhibited from May 18 to Sep 17 2023 in Zindankapi Museum in Bursa, Turkey. Zindankapi (Dungeon Gate) is a 2,500-year-old dungeon transformed into a remarkable municipal museum.

The Cosmos in a Lotus

January 9, 2023

A digital world blooms, ever-changing and alive. 'The Cosmos in a Lotus' blends art and technology. It makes use of state-of-the-art machine learning and image processing techniques to create a constantly evolving planet, reminiscent of a flower blooming.

Available on SuperRare.

Uncanny Hills

November 14, 2022

'Uncanny Hills' explores change. It is a journey into a place where the landscape has been transformed by our actions and the forces of nature. The title is a play on the term "uncanny valley," which describes the unease experienced when encountering something almost, but not quite, human. Similarly, the Uncanny Hills are almost, but not quite, like our world. They represent a future that is both familiar and strange, a future that is both hope-filled and uncertain, a world that is both beautiful and scary.

'Uncanny Hills' was exhibited at the Floating Pixels exhibition in Miami on December 1-3, 2022.

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A Machine's Dream of Nature

February 8, 2022

'A Machine's Dream of Nature' is a generative artwork that explores the simplicity, complexity, and beauty of nature. Driven by computational aesthetics, the work makes use of linear algebra, geometry, and learning algorithms to create vibrant landscapes. The artwork was designed using code and a custom AI-art model that was trained to create an impression of nature using a limited number of triangles at a time, resulting in a simplified, but expressive, representation of a sophisticated natural world.

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Artificial Convergent Evolution

January 19, 2022

Artificial Convergent Evolution is an artistic visualization of a novel AI-based convergent evolution process, inspired by convergent evolution in nature. It results from an experiment investigating the aesthetics that emerge when generative models are isolated and then pushed towards convergence.

Convergent evolution occurs when unrelated organisms independently develop similar traits due to similar environmental pressures. For example, the eyes of humans and octopuses have similar structures and functions despite not sharing a common ancestor. Similar environmental conditions can lead to convergence, resulting in similar appearances through different evolutionary paths.

This artwork utilizes a custom-designed AI art model to simulate this process of isolation, branching off, and convergence. Initially trained on a large, generic image dataset, the model's copies are subsequently trained in isolation to specialize in disjoint sets of images. Following this divergence, the copies are then pushed together, converging on similar evolutionary paths.

This novel artificial convergent evolution process helped generative models diverge from their original training sets while converging towards similar aesthetics, resulting in visually distinct and aesthetically pleasing images.

Available on Artsy.

Civilizations of an Exoplanet

November 22, 2021

How do the tangible realities of geology, climate, and natural vegetation govern the seemingly abstract concepts of culture and civilization? Can we extend our understanding of these intricate relationships beyond the bounds of our home planet? How might these natural elements shape the trajectory of human societies on unfamiliar planets?

'Civilizations of an Exoplanet' is an artistic exploration of these questions. The work uses a custom AI art model to create visions of otherworldly landforms and their influence on the growth of civilizations. The combination of creative algorithms and artificial intelligence presents a visual journey into imagined human societies on unfamiliar planets.

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Geodiversity of an Exoplanet

November 1, 2021

This work explores geodiversity in the context of extraterrestrial environments. It is an artistic representation of Earth-like planetary landscapes we may one day encounter on celestial bodies. The work was created using a custom-designed AI art model and creative algorithms.

'Geodiversity of an Exoplanet' was shown live at the 'Off the Chain', an immersive event organized by Flow Blockchain and Dapper Labs during NFT.NYC with music by DJ Guy Gerber.

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Genesis of a Simulated Universe

November 1, 2021

Artificial intelligence depicts the genesis of a simulated universe, rendered using creative algorithms and carefully tuned AI art models. 'Genesis of a Simulated Universe' offers a glimpse into an otherworldly realm where landscapes morph and converge.

Available on OpenSea.

A Machine's Dream of Seasons

October 13, 2021

Imagine a machine dreaming of seasons it can never experience. 'A Machine's Dream of Seasons' came to life through an AI art model, nestled in a windowless, air-conditioned server room. Despite not being able to experience seasons, the model attempted to capture the essence and emotions of spring's renewal, summer's warmth, autumn's transformation, and winter's quiet beauty.

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An Impressionist's World

October 3, 2021

It feels natural to associate certain periods in the past with the type of media used to depict the world at that time. In the 1960s, for instance, television was the dominant medium, and we associate that decade with the black-and-white images of the small screen. In the 1800s, however, the majority of imagery was created using paint and canvas. The world neither looked black and white in the early 1900s, nor like impressionist paintings in the late 1800s. But what if it did? What would the world have looked like during the Impressionist era? 'An Impressionist's World' imagines the world as perceived by an impressionist. It was created using an AI art model trained primarily on impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, as well as works by other prominent impressionist and post-impressionist artists, including Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh.

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Diamond City

September 26, 2021

'Diamond City' is an AI art rendition of a fictional city in the metaverse, constructed on a decentralized network, running on nodes distributed across the galaxy. The artwork was created using a custom-designed AI art model and creative algorithms.

Available on OpenSea and SuperRare.

The World's First 8K 360° AI Landscape Painting

September 18, 2021

This was my first 8K 360 degree AI art video, and it is the first of its kind in the world to the best of my knowledge. The original video is rendered natively in 8K resolution, not upscaled in post-processing. It is powered by the resolution-independent GAN that I developed earlier this year. The model is able to generate images of arbitrary resolution and aspect ratios, including cylindrical 360-degree videos. Theoretically, there's no limit to the output resolution although resolutions above 8K require workarounds due to memory limitations.

I chose a playful title for this work, knowing that you can claim 'first' in virtually anything if you make it specific enough. However, it was indeed the first of its kind!

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A Machine's Dream of Food

September 15, 2021

Very little is known about how the brain encodes the taste of food and creates the sensation of taste. This work is an artistic attempt to visualize an artificial neural network's perception of food. It's a machine's dream of food it can never taste, if you will. 'A Machine's Dream of Food' was generated using an AI art model that neither eats nor has an internal representation of what 'taste' means. Nevertheless, it seems to have good taste!

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A Machine's Dream of America

September 8, 2021

What do machines dream about at night in American data centers? They dream about American landscapes! 'A Machine's Dream of America' depicts an AI art model's dream of a wide variety of landscapes across the United States, showcasing some of the most surreal views from Hawaii, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, the Midwest, and New England.

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Terrestrial Hallucinations

September 5, 2021

'Terrestrial Hallucinations' is an experiment illustrating an AI art model's imagination of the geological, chemical, and biological processes that have made Earth hospitable to life. It is an artistic exploration of how an AI might imagine the 'origin of life' on Earth. The artwork was created using a custom-designed AI art model, tuned to generate images of hills, rocky landscapes, oceans, and flowers.

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Heartbeats of a Flower

June 21, 2021

If machines could think, what would they think of plants? Would they see them as inanimate objects or as living beings? 'Heartbeats of a Flower' is an artistic rendition of the perception of plants through the eyes of a machine. The artwork was created using a neural network that was tasked with generating images of plants that look vibrant and visually appealing. These images were brought to life through a creative use of algorithms.

This work was minted as part of the 8×8: 8 genesis NFTs by 8 major artists working with AI, code and digital technologies in exclusive partnership with Verisart and SuperRare.

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