AI imagining Cities
training Artificial Intelligence to imagine Cities
From the last 20 years I've been discovering the world, fascinated by the promises of foreign lands. I crossed 3 continents and lived in multiple cities. I always had a camera with me searching for a good angle. As Susan Sontag used to say 'Photography is, first of all, a way of seeing'.
'My Globe Trotter Album' is a recollection of cliches of 50 cities, the way I saw them.
Put your mouse on top of the picture to see where the photography was taken
San Francisco, US
Buenos Aires, Argentina
New York, US
San Miguel, Mexico
Real de Catorce, Mexico
Las Vegas, US
Saint Malo, France
Mont St Michel, France
La Havana, Cuba
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Creel Chihuaha, Mexico
And we were discussing how Artificial Intelligence was disrupting the Art world and how AI would imagine a city.
So I took the challenge. There were not existing pre-trained AI models of cities so I trained an algorithm (GAN) to generate new images of cities based on 500 photographies I took over time.
An algorithm looks for patterns, repetition, similarities... in other words : style. The computer breaks down the photographies into rules and use them to generate new photographies in the same style. Making a kind of 'Style Transfer'.
Here the result, how AI imagined the city :
The AI model created millions of pictures, here a curated selection of generated photographies full of poetry.
2. Putting those selected photographies in motion :
This experiment was extremely interesting as an artist. The machine creates a new reality and you start to recognize your own style, your way of taking cliches.
Art powered by AI is the new avant-guarde Art Movement and redefines the role of the artist in the creative process.
AI is certainly a tool, as a pincel, as a camera but its unprecedent capabilities of creation repositions the role of the artist from Art production to Art curation.