Some people find the little creatures in my What Androids Dream Series creepy and scary. Personally, I find them strangely enchanting and endearing.
I used to do completely abstract images because I liked their purity and truth. They were true and pure because they didn’t try to represent anything but themselves. They were their own sweet truth and beauty. They would evoke strange, nameless emotions.
A few years ago, as an experiment, I input some of my abstracts into the DeepDream AI project to see what images it might find. I immediately fell in love with the little gremlins that it found and became obsessed with the project ever since.
I have done over 100 of them, now, and I like to use them as a screen saver for my Apple TV. I spend hours watching the images go by on the screen. They draw me in to strange, alien worlds of enchantment and unearthly beauty.
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What Androids Dream Series
This series was created by collaborating with the artificial intelligence at the heart of the DeepDream project. I input some of my completely abstract images to the software to see what patterns the AI would find in them. The results are the series that I call What Androids Dream. A sort of homage to Philip K Dick, the series anticipates the coming Singularity when even artists may be superseded by machine superintelligence.
I find the alien creatures that the AI “finds” to be strangely endearing, like the “hopeful monsters” of the Cambrian explosion — perhaps even an electric sheep or two for Philip K Dick’s android’s private amusement. For me, the images create a mental atmosphere of sci-fi, psychedelic surrealism filled with strange, dreamlike stories.
There seem to be many stories going on in each image — stories that are private and unique to each viewer, stories that are unique to each viewing.