Title
Machine Hallucinations – Coral Dreams
Categories
Exhibition, NFT Collection, Public Art
Locations
Miami, FL, USA
Date
29 Nov 21 - 05 Dec 21

Machine Hallucinations : Coral emerges from Refik Anadol Studio’s ongoing research project on data aesthetics based on collective visual memories of nature. For this unique, site-specific data sculpture designed for Art Basel Miami 2021, in collaboration with Aorist Art and Faena Hotel Miami Beach, and displayed on Miami Beach, Anadol and his team collected 35,742,772 images of coral from publicly available social media platforms and processed them with machine learning classification models.

As the machine-mind begins to make its own connections between data points and “hallucinate” about alternative coral shapes and colors, the data universe expands into a latent cosmos in which fluid dynamics becomes the main inspiration of Anadol’s artistic creativity. Connecting a digital ecosystem of data and a landscape that is home to many living ecosystems, the artwork focuses on preservation and sustainability. Of the work, Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee wrote, “I loved it… Anadol’s work — visually stunning, intelligent, mesmerizing — amazed and moved me.”

Deeply thankful for their kind supports; Aorist, Faena, City of Miami and our NFT Collectors.

Machine Hallucinations is an-going AI research of data aesthetics at the RAS Lab based on collective visual memories of nature. Since 2016, Anadol and his team have been pioneering custom algorithms to train machine intelligence in processing these vast datasets and unfolding unrecognized layers of our external realities, memories and dreams.

Credits
Refik Anadol
Christian P. Burke
Efsun Erkilic
Carrie He
Toby Heinemann
Pelin Kivrak
Daniel Seungmin Lee
Ho Man Leung
Alex Morozov
Raman K. Mustafa
Nidhi Parsana

Sound Design
Kerim Karaoglu

Laura B. Cohen/ LC Media
DG Hunt & Associates

Location & Date

Miami, FL, USA
Faena Beach
29 November – 05 December 2021

Art Works

  • 10M x 10M LED Media Wall
  • 4 Channel Audio
  • Custom Software
  • Custom Media Servers
  • 3D Printed Data Sculpture
  • AI Data Paintings
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AI Data Sculpture Studies from 1.7M curated image archive.
Data Collection - Contact Sheets
UMAP Studies of Curated Image Archive
AI Data Sculpture Studies from 1.7M curated image archive.
AI Data Sculpture Studies from 1.7M curated image archive.
AI Data Sculpture Studies from 1.7M curated image archive.
StyleGAN 2 ADA - Generative AI Model of 1.7M images.

Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture

Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams is a 40 ft x 40 ft AI data sculpture based on curated 1,742,772 images of coral/reef found on publicly available image databases. With this work, Anadol hopes to bring attention to an urgent environmental problem: the impact of climate change on coral die-offs. A masterfully curated multi-channel experience on Miami Beach, Machine Hallucinations: Coral invites the audience to be immersed in a virtual underwater space while physically surrounded by AI-generated water and sea creatures.

Machine Hallucinations is an-going AI research of data aesthetics at the RAS Lab based on collective visual memories of nature. Since 2016, Anadol and his team have been pioneering custom algorithms to train machine intelligence in processing these vast datasets and unfolding unrecognized layers of our external realities, memories and dreams.

Duration : 16 Minutes
Resolution : 2160 x 2160PX
Sound : Quadraphonic
Codec : Apple ProRes

Collector receives: Artist-signed 3D physical certificate with backup, custom computer with software. Screen is not included, artist will fully support the installation process

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Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture
Machine Hallucinations: Coral Dreams — AI Data Sculpture

These unique three Artificial Data Sculptures compromise a series that showcase Refik Anadol’s unique collaboration with machine learning at the intersection of technology and environmental aesthetics. By using custom generative algorithms RAS were able to create the very first AI Coral Data Sculptures. Each video in the series displays a 360° rotating data cluster of chosen “hallucinations,” as the artist makes selections from countless serendipitous allusions to coral images occurring in the machine-mind.

Machine Hallucinations is an-going AI research of data aesthetics at the RAS Lab based on collective visual memories of nature. Since 2016, Anadol and his team have been pioneering custom algorithms to train machine intelligence in processing these vast datasets and unfolding unrecognized layers of our external realities, memories and dreams.

Duration : 60 seconds, Loop
Resolution : 2160 x 2160PX
Codec : Apple ProRes
3D File : OBJ
VoxelJet 3D Printed Sculpture :
40cm x 40cm x 40cm cubical space.

Collector receives: Artist-signed 3D physical certificate with 3D file, custom computer with software. Screen is not included, artist will fully support the installation process.

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AI Data Sculptures - A
AI Data Sculptures - B
AI Data Sculptures - C

Machine Hallucinations – Coral – Generative AI Data Paintings

Using NVIDIA’s StyleGAN2 ADA to capture the machine’s “hallucinations” of coral images and colors in a multi-dimensional space, Refik Anadol Studio trained a unique AI model with subsets of the collected coral archive, creating embeddings in 1024 dimensions. When idle and unsupervised, the AI re-generates the entire archive, constructing new aesthetic image and color combinations based on the coral dataset and through unique custom software to create poetic lines drawn by algorithmic connections. 5 unique AI Data Paintings selected by the artist.

AI Data Painting
Resolution : 3384 ×  6016 pixels
A, B, C, D, E
Edition of 100, 1AP

Custom Software,
22″ x 12.4″ Archival Print

Collectors who acquire an artwork from the “Coral – Generative AI Data Paintings” series as of January 1, 2022 will receive archival print of their images shipped from the artist’s studio in early 2022. The prints will be 22″ high and 12.4″ wide.

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Coral - Generative AI Data Paintings
Coral - Generative AI Data Paintings
Coral - Generative AI Data Paintings
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