Light as clouds heavy as raindrops 轻若浮云重如雨滴
AI generated Photography
The Sandglass series is an extension of my Mountain series which mainly explores the ontology of AI generated images. Based on this, Sandglass add the element of time and the changes of subjects. In a sense, the Mountain series is static, while the Sandglass series is dynamic. I hope to give the audience an extraordinary perspective through the juxtaposition of images in time, to reflect on the impact of AI images on the temporality of photography.
The AI used in the Mountain and Sandglass series is "semi-automatic". I need to set the basic structure of the image first, and then let the AI visualize it. Although the image is ultimately generated by AI, the ontology of the image was decided by me at the beginning. The playfulness and uncertainty of this process lie in how the AI understands my settings, which are not always logical. Also, it is about how I view and use these images as an arbiter.
On the one hand, AI images have surpassed the scope of tools and become producers of content, because they need to make judgments on settings; on the other hand, AI still retains a certain tool nature, because its jurisdiction is not sufficient, and eventually to be a component of a larger structure. But through the process, AI has already possessed the attributes of a medium, carrying and becoming the information itself.
The AI that I experimented with only operates on the level of simulated images. They are harmless spectacles, reproductions of natural images, reimaginations of natural wonders, reproductions of image commodities, simplifications of complex worlds, and fixations of random worlds. AI can better represent nature as it exists in the human mind, but the depth of nature lies beyond the reach of the mind.
Installation at Exhibition In Tandem, London
3.5m x 2m x 3.5m
Installation at Exhibition Dwelling on the cloud, Ugly Duck, London
4.8m x 2.8m x 5m