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Gradient Descent: A sneak peek into India’s first art-ificial intelligence show

Image Courtesy: Nature Morte, New Delhi |

Image Courtesy: Nature Morte, New Delhi |

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Artificial Intelligence is bridging the gap between technology and fine arts. And even you believe artificial intelligence is soon going to take over the world, you can’t miss this ongoing exhibition happening in Delhi. Titled ‘Gradient Descent’ and curated by 64/1, an art curation and research collective founded by artist Raghava KK and economist Dr. Karthik Kalyanaraman, the exhibition showcases the work of seven international artists. The show will run till September 15.

The artists are carefully picked from the US, India, Japan, Germany, Turkey, UK and New Zealand with experiences from a variety of academic institutions including, IIT, MIT, Oxford, Harvard, Chicago Art Institute, MIT Media Lab, University College London, Royal College of Art, University of Arts London and University of Tokyo.

Our entire future – economic, political, and social – is already being revolutionized by artificial intelligence. We commonly fear how this new technology will negatively impact our lives as we know it, yet we rarely consider the positive social possibilities created by its use. How can we reimagine creativity, human purpose, and society in this future world using artificial intelligence? The pioneering artists in this show grapple with these complex questions and prove creativity and human labour need not be replaced by a machine, but can be reinvented and evolve further with the rise of new technology, allowing artificial intelligence to become one our greatest collaborators. Like every important paradigm shift in the history of art and art making before it, AI-Art challenges us to rethink what art is and how it is made.

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Scroll on for a quick look at ‘Gradient Descent’. 

Artwork by Harshit Agrawal, India

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Titled ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Algorithm’, appears to be a disturbing look at surgical procedures.

Artwork by Memo Akten, Turkey

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The artist unveils ‘Deep Meditations’, an extension of the aforementioned works, using machine-learning algorithms to create a two-hour meditative channel video and sound installation.

Artwork by Jake Elwes, London

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The artist with his work ‘Closed Loop’ explores the power of language as an art, stringing together sentences and using that language to create an image.

Artwork by Mario Klingemann, Germany

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A video of image distortions by AI’s sometimes-unpredictable tendencies and how AI can build upon images.

Artwork by Anna Ridler, London

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Untitled (from the Second training set) from the series ‘Fall of the House of Usher’

Artwork by Nao Tokui, Japan

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The artist is exhibiting ‘Imaginary Landscape’

Artwork by Tom White, London

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Electric Fan from the series ‘Perception Engines’.

In a nutshell
What:
Gradient Descent
Where:
Nature Morte, A-1, Block A, Neeti Bagh, New Delhi
When: until September 15

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Published on: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 12:32 PM IST
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