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Harm van den Dorpel

Cat, 2016



Based on: Hans Richter, Untitled, 1961

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The artist uploaded the work Untitled, 1961 by Hans Richter to one of the most advanced image recognition artificial intelligence services: The Wolfram Language Image Identification Project. The software recognized this work to be a “cat”. The work is a witty take on computer vision and on the existence of images in the age of algorithms.

Harm van den Dorpel is a Berlin-based conceptual artist. His broad practice includes the creation of sculpture, collage, computer animation, computer generated graphics and interaction design. He is regarded a key figure in Post-Internet art. In his work he investigates how algorithms can analyse digital archives and guide the artist in aesthetic decision taking, leading to a symbiosis of man-machine art creation. His ultimate goal is to reveal the reasoning structure of his own consciousness, and his implicit associations and assumptions. More info

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