generation/mutation: from crowdsourced to ai-sourced new media art
by Holger ‘H-Ray’ Heine
The collaborative new media artwork generation/mutation spans more than twenty years of online art. Launched in the early days of the Internet, before Google or Facebook or iPhones, generation/mutation explores the new possibilities of collaborative art production and distribution afforded by the evolution of digital technologies
Based on the idea of crowdsourcing creative work online, years before the expression “crowdsourcing” was coined, generation/mutation received contributions from an international group of new media artists. During its first two years, the project’s online exhibition attracted more than 2.5 million visitors and has remained one of the most iconic collaborative new media artworks online.
Over time, generation/mutation evolved from an online exhibition showing crowd-sourced contributions created by human artists to the inclusion of machine-made contributions found on Google Street View, to completely ai-generated contributions, generated by neural style transfer (NST) algorithms.
As a creative exploration, generation/mutation is a deeply philosophical work. Not in the traditional form of a book or academic journal paper, but in the form of a collaborative and creative meditation on the nature of artistic practices at the onset of the twenty-first century, an articulation of new methods of artistic collaboration in an age of global digital networks.
- Publisher : Topos Media Books (December 22, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 6976230750
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943354030
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