MISSED CONNECTIONS 01
MISSED CONNECTIONS by Erika Weitz is a series of memory-based street portraits created with artificial intelligence and analog photography. Weitz uses wet plate collodion photography, a technique from the 1850's, together with AI bringing the memory of passing strangers back into focus.
This collection investigates illusive memory beginning with a physical interaction, moving into an AI reconstruction of the memory, back into a tangible photograph captured in silver on a black metal plate, then scanned and digitized. With each step, the memory is slightly altered. Conceptually, this back-and-forth process leaves one final step: for the synthesized subject to be located in the real world, reuniting the missed connection.
19 artists explore the idea of further challenging the concreteness of human memory—personal or collective—through creative collaboration with AI.
Memories are nebulous. Scientific studies and phenomena such as "The Mandela Effect" have shown that humans rarely recall things in their unbiased exactitude. Artificial Intelligence already assists human memory in the form of predictive text and GPS navigation. One would surmise that there exists a role for AI when it comes to supplementing even more complex memory.
Artists: Ilya Bliznets, Crashblossom, Anna Dart, Olga Fedorova, Ross Goodwin, Danielle King, Margaret Murphy, Kika Nicolela, Roope Rainisto, Daria Rastunina, Manuel Rossner, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Anne Spalter, Nathaniel Stern, Sasha Stiles, Stephan Vasement, Nicola Villa, Sabato Visconti, and Erika Weitz.
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