working method:

Observation
Formulate question
Do research
Conduct experiment
Formulate new question
Be surprised
Come up with several ideas for presentation
Create multiple works
In this project I did several attempts to unite the subjective art world with the so-called objective world of big data and algorithms. I investigated how I can produce new works of art by writing an algorithm for it.
While writing this algorithm, I found out that algorithms do not operate as objective as we sometimes think.
With the art world as my battleground, my aim is to show that algorithms are as subjective as our own human gut feeling.
This project is an ongoing extensive research into the subjectivity of algorithms.

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In this project I did several
attempts to unite the
subjective art world with the
so-called objective world of
big data and algorithms.
I investigated how I could
produce new works of art
by writing an algorithm for it.
While writing this algorithm,
I found out that algorithms
do not operate as objective
as we sometimes think.
With the art world as my
battleground, my aim is to
show that algorithms are as
subjective as our own
human gut feeling.
This project is an ongoing
extensive research into
the subjectivity of algorithms.

working method:

Observation

Formulate question

Do research

Conduct experiment

Formulate new question

Be surprised

Come up with several
ideas for final presentation

Create multiple works


Can I write an algorithm that suggests new artworks? (suggestions printed on museum signs)

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While examining the artwork data, I noticed how subjective this data was. I formulated a new question: ‘what if algorithms become subjective?’ In the process of answering this question, I started training an object-detection algorithm to make subjective value judgements.

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Ask artists to create an artwork according to a suggestion of my algorithm.

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Subjective algorithm at work. (Click full screen to enlarge videos)

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Collect and classify thousands and thousands of images

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Analyze new works

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Create an app that gives the user insight in how my subjective algorithm learned. Try out the app
here.

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