Landscape Tractate #1 and #2

Landscape Tractate is a video animation made in homage to Philip K Dick's VALIS:

"We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is change in the content of the information; the message has changed. This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in fact this is all we are doing."

I borrowed Paul Noble's architectural font to spell out the bewilderment of Alan Greenspan, the optimism of Nat Young and the ruined vision of Richard Wilson. I recreated Le Corbusier's Utopia and filled it with brushstrokes from Fred Williams' Lysterfield landscape painting.

TreeGAN #1 and #2

Made in collaboration with the team from 'Collaborative Artistic Production Using Generative Adversarial Networks' at the Augmented Creativity Lab, 2021.

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TreeGAN #1

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TreeGAN #2

These works use a Generative Adversarial Network in 3D voxel space which has been trained on a dataset of 3D trees, which I made in reference to Chinese literati and German Romantic painting as well as paintings of trees by Mondrian, Schiele and Constable. The resulting animations show the machine learning network trying to make 3D trees. I see this as a continuation of the artistic question of form and how artists throughout history have struggled to represent the world around them.

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Landscape Tractate #1

Landscape Tractate #2