Birk Schmithüsen

Artist

Birk Schmithüsen (DE)
New technologies are rapidly changing our everyday lives. Understanding the functioning and processes of emerging technologies is essential to participate in the development of our future. In my artistic research I open technological black boxes. In aesthetic experiments, I explore non-perceptible, abstract concepts such as Artificial Intelligence, BigData and Computer Vision as artistic media. The research results are staged in immersive new media installations. Between explanatory approaches through data visualization, abstract, aesthetic reuse of emerging technologies and speculative concepts, I open up new perspectives on current topics.
Speculatve Artificial Intelligence / Exp. #2 (conversation) (2019)
  • © Birk Schmidthüsen
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  • © Birk Schmidthüsen
  • © Birk Schmidthüsen
  • © vog.photo
  • © vog.photo

This work consists of a series of aesthetic experiments designed to make processes of artificial neural networks perceptible to humans through audiovisual translation. Exp. #1 examines inner behavior during the prediction and learning process. In the experiment, a network is visualized by a light object, with the state of each neuron represented by a corresponding LED. Exp. #2 questions an AI’s capacity for empathy and purpose while communicating with a second AI. Both systems are embodied by a light or sound object and can receive the messages of the other. The spherical light object with a diameter of 80cm consists of a chaotic heap of 95m LED Stripe, a microphone and an embedded AI computing device. It can hear sounds and create images. The sound object in the form of a dodecahedron of black, opaque Plexiglas with the same diameter is equipped with eight speakers, a camera and the second AI system. It can see images and play sounds. In the exhibition, the two systems are in an ever-changing audiovisual conversation.

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