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project: earth

concept: create philosophy with your hands

year: 2017

 
 
 
 

research questions: How can we think with our hands?

execution: Clay as a tactile and natural medium was used as an interface with two neural networks. The user's hands formed the clay and a neural network tried to identify the shape of it. This served as a seed for another neural network trained on metaphysics to generate new philosophical quotes in real-time.

The installation took the users through the Uncanny Valley of a deep neural network dreaming about life and existence: An extension of their mind, based on the simple input of forming a piece of clay with their bare hands. The resulting quotes were both non-sensical and insightful at the same time. Here a few examples:

__ “The mind can be real”

__ “The sense there is a supernatural truth.”

__ “This is a positive space.”

__“The infinite beauty of the actual existence of evil.”

__ “The beginning which is the end.”

tools: clay, machine learning (densecap, charRNN)

code: github-repo

 
 
clay as interface with AI, shaped by user

clay as interface with AI, shaped by user

setup at vorspiel/ctm Berlin 2017

setup at vorspiel/ctm Berlin 2017

 
 
generated philosophy and puzzled user: “The infinite beauty of the actual existence of evil.”

generated philosophy and puzzled user: “The infinite beauty of the actual existence of evil.”

3d render of hand-clay connection

3d render of hand-clay connection