COMPUTED CURATION, a project developed by Philipp Schmitt.
Do you remember, around 2015, hearing about a strange designer giving birth to a camera who stop you from taking picture where too many pictures have already been geotagged?
Maybe, maybe not, whatever… there’s something NEW!
Philipp Schmitt, the photographer/interaction designer behind this questionnable item dropped a new bomb and we are publishing it.
Giving his database of photographs from 2013 to 2017 to a computer, Philipp Schmitt asked the machine to create a photobook using its own digital understanding and comprehension of photographic medium.
“Computed Curation is a photobook created by a computer. Taking the human editor out of the loop, it uses machine learning and computer vision tools to curate a series of photos from an archive of pictures.”
Considering both image content and composition — but through the sober eyes of neural networks, vectors and pixels — the algorithms uncover unexpected connections and interpretations that a human editor might have missed.
Machine learning based image recognition tools are already adept at recognizing training images (umbrella, dog on a beach, car), but quickly expose their flaws and biases when challenged with more complex input.
In Computed Curation, these flaws surface in often bizarre and sometimes poetic captions, tags and connections. Moreover, by urging the viewer to constantly speculate on the logic behind its arrangement, the book teaches how to see the world through the eyes of an algorithm.
About the first version.
The original artist version for exhibition’s display was a massive hand-bound accordion of 29 meters (95ft), offering 207 photos. We collaborate using the exact same process to compute a new more affordable version of a 120 pages leporello, showing the artificial intelligence approach with only few clues for humans to this new curation.
Some fame coming.
During our development for publication, the project had already been nominated at Infinity Awards, International Center for Photography, New York, USA
And also… Computed Curation just won the 2nd Prize at NTU International Photography Awards ’17, in Singapore, last december.
Not released yet and already on the way to success!
Coming soon, stay tuned.
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