Art Show 'Digitas' Opening night — M16 Artspace

You’re Invited !

Digitas Invitation - M16 - Keely Van Order.jpg

I’ll be in Canberra for the opening night of my art show, ‘Digitas’ at the M16 .

The invitation is open and everyone is welcome — the more the merrier!

I’ve been working with the talented minds of curator Frances Spurgin and science illustrator Russell Kightley to get the show up and running. I will also be opening a sales page for prints on my website on the same day, with links to the works on display, for those who aren’t in the area.

Meet with other artists and interesting people in the community too.

And, there will be food and drinks.

Hope to see you there!


K

Isomorphics

I'm currently working on a series of artworks, on a broad Topic of Isomorphism. Especially, I am interested in how we spatially process different combinations, rotations and representations of equivalent content — spatially, and also semantically.  Here's a preview of some pieces, still in progress, which I will be exhibiting as part of a display of works in 2019.

"Le Moulin Bleu": Isomorphic Transformation No. 1
Isomorphism No. 2
Isomorphic Transformations: Cuadro Arc no. 1
Isomorphic Transformation: Inversion, Arc no. 1

Stereograms

Basic ASCII Code Stereogram

Basic ASCII Code Stereogram

Testing Stereogram Interference Limits and Depth Perception

Testing Stereogram Interference Limits and Depth Perception

Philosophical Quandry of a Deep Neural Network

Philosophical Quandry of a Deep Neural Network

I'll be the first to admit that Stereograms have been around for a long time now and they don't exactly constitute art. However.   I have been thinking about Deep Learning and how computer software will be reading and categorizing images in different ways than humans -- I started making some stereograms on Photoshop because I was interested firstly, in understanding how retinal disparity works, but also in steganography. I was wondering first of all,  if I made a block color image of Blue but laced a Red block of color into the ASCII code, would image recognition software also detect and tag that block of color as Red, while the person looking at it clearly only sees Blue?

I first made a stereogram with a repeating binary text conversion, but I wasn't getting the same image results as when using a random dot stereogram generator. Then, I made another one with some ASCII text trying to figure out in which ways I needed to repeat the pattern to achieve the best depth perception of the hidden image. In the image above, I just hid a circle in the text pattern however when I look at it, I see an undercut as well as an overcut of a crescent shape -- so, I'm still working out how the patterns need to repeat so that I can represent the hidden shape properly.

Following on from that, I discovered a few interesting things (although in hindsight, are maybe obvious). Random dot stereograms generated with a number of colors can be reduced into one color only and still display the hidden image. I also found that the stereogram can still be visible with quite a bit of interference blocking out the displaced pattern. I discovered that I could increase the 'pop out' effect of my overlapping sketch when placed over the hidden image -- I suspect this has something to do with the high contrast but am still working out the nuts and bolts of it all.

Finally, on a philosophical note, I really was just left wondering. In the end, does the Deep Neural Network really 'see' and compute more than we can, or is it the human that really perceives more?

Interesting questions, particularly for an artist to grapple with, I think. 

Artificial Intelligence and Art

                  I've been tinkering with two excellent free software programs called SimBrain and jTRACE, which have helped me understand (the bare basics!) of the origins for computational psychology and neuroscience leading up to recent developments in deep learning and convolutional neural network modelling...as always I am wondering, how can I work with these programs as an artist. This morning I had a quick play with Google's DeepDream software, which is a computer vision program designed to detect and classify faces and other forms of patterns.  I came up with one image that I thought was fun and provocative -- I thought I'd share it.

What an incredible time in history this is to be an artist, I think.

Deep Dream AI Convolutions.jpg

'Painting' the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

                  I've been learning how file formats work, and I'm interested in how information can be embedded into documents without our awareness. A really interesting technique I recently discovered was Steganography, where text or images can be interlaced into the bits of each pixel in another image and the data can be held there while still remaining below the visual threshold of detection (i.e. the human eye may only be sensitive to, say no less that 5 bits of information per pixel, therefore each pixel with 8 bits of data could have a few strings of digits free to be rewritten). Another interesting technique is to use bicubic resampling of an image to add approximating pixels in as 'noise', which might then be extracted by converting the elements of the file into layers. I'm learning a bit of coding in my spare time to grasp these processes better -- It's all very interesting, however there is a bit more to it than I've described here.

               I've used a simpler technique to 'write' the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights into a piece of artwork. I've done this by converting an abbreviated version of the text into a string of binary digits and then, converting it into a black and white image (where a 0 digit might be white, and a 1 digit might be black). I've then mapped a painting I have made onto the binary display, and the result is that I have converted the UN Declaration of Human Rights into art. Human Rights are a topic which deserve much greater attention and time, particularly in our current world and with respect to the technological revolution we are experiencing. Like most artists I'm passionate about human rights and freedom of expression; this is perhaps my way of contributing to the discussion. If you're not concerned about your rights -- and the rights of others, you really should be...

I'll leave it at that.

Variations in Magenta...

Variations in Magenta...

Variations in Yellow...

Variations in Yellow...

Variations in Blue...

Variations in Blue...

Variations in Red...

Variations in Red...