First There Is A Mountain, Then There Is No Mountain, Then There Is - Jeff Thompson

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27 Nov 2018 - 10:00 am
King's Art Rooms

Machine learning creates a unique conceptual space, where objects in the world are repeatedly transformed and filtered into crystallized, generic representations. The datasets used to train these neural networks are often found by accident, images of ordinary objects and actions pulled from photo-sharing sites or surveillance cameras.

Developed this fall while a Visiting Fellow at King's College and artist-in-residence at the Computer Laboratory, this exhibition presents works-in-progress that explore how technological systems build representations of objects and the liminal site between the real world and the digital. The show includes "Dinge," a set of sculptures derived from the structures of neural networks used to identify objects, and "Imagined Networks," a series of text-based proposals for useless machine-learning systems.

Jeff Thompson is an artist, programmer, and educator based in the New York City area, where he is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Arts & Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology. His work can be viewed at: www.jeffreythompson.org 

All at King's are welcome to meet Jeff at an event from 5.30 to 7.15pm on  Tuesday 27th November. Please contact Nigel Meager nrm32@cam.ac.uk for further information.

 

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