Whispers of a Misremembering

Let us for a moment consider a photograph. No longer the result of a series of chemical reactions in a dark room, today an image is only an image because an algorithm says it is.

So let us begin by collecting a series of images from the property search website Zoopla, so we can peer into the homes of the anonymous, gaze upon their personal spaces, glimpse their bathrooms. Now let us pass these images to an AI and ask it to consider what it sees, let it imagine something new.

But these AIs are “idiots”, all they know is the brute force of thought, to look for repeating patterns, to bludgeon their way to a conclusion – they cannot think for themselves. What the image contains is of no interest to the machine, that it is data is enough.

The resulting images, while seemingly correct to the machine, are to us riddled with mistakes, what comes to pass is fuzzy, almost dream like.

Now let us have a bespoke algorithm ask the artist to consider the same image on its terms, to paint what the machine instructs. But we are “idiots”, unable to see the image within the simple instructions it tasks us. The resulting image bears no obvious visual connection to the original.

What we are left with is a meeting of excess and reduction where the machine is asked to imagine what there isn’t and the artist is asked to exclude to the detriment of the image. Neither artist nor machine knows the content of the image.

Here the possibility of the glitch, the error and the unexpected are introduced, a process that is heightened when both resulting images are combined to form a new image, a composite that adds the excess of the digital image to the reduction of the painterly image to create a new whole.

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Artcore Gallery
✨📚 We're excited to announce that our Cabin on Osnabruck Square will be turning into The Artcore Reading Room!!💥Opens Thursday 27th January💥For this period of time and whilst our gallery building is closed, we would like to open the Cabin on Osnabruck Square for public use, where anybody can pop in, read the books on display, buy unique artist-made zines and add to our public collection.The Reading Room will be free and open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during January and February. This informal library is an opportunity for the public to engage in the research and processes of some of the artists and organisations we work with on our projects. There will also be a series of workshops so keep your eyes peeled!#tnlcommunityfund #derbycitycouncil #artscouncilengland #artcore #artcoregallery #derbyartists #derbyart #culturederby2025@artsderbyshire @cvaneastmidlands @aceagrams @derbycc @curatorspace @axisweb @culturederby @derbyuni ... See MoreSee Less
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Artcore Gallery
💥 Open Call! Artist Development Opportunity for Artists aged 16-25 and based in the East Midlands 💥We have an exciting opportunity for artists to join Artcore’s Young Professional Development Programme as part of the artist collective, YAC. This opportunity is aimed at artists aged 16-25, and supports development through skill-sharing, artist talks, collaborative making and mentoring.Throughout the residency you will be based in the Cabin, a small kiosk in Osnabruck Square, Derby. During this time, you will take part in weekly mentoring and group discussions, skill-shares, CV/Portfolio reviews, and an opportunity for you to present your collaborative project in an exhibition which will open to the public on 11th March 2022.Places are available for 5 chosen artistsDeadline: 30th JanuarySelection of artists: Tuesday 2nd FebruaryResidency Start: 7th FebruaryBursary: £100 per artist for production & materials£150 between collective for workshops / talks etc.If this sounds like an opportunity for you then read more about it on our website & download the application form💥 LINK IN BIO 💥.....#residency #artistresidency #youngartist #emergingartist #collective #youngartistcollective #culturederby2025@cvaneastmidlands @artcore_uk @artcoregallery @axisweb @artsderbyshire @nojobsinthearts @aceagrams @derbyquad @culturederby ... See MoreSee Less
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