weird dreams...
cd -
experimental design + research

Latent Space Interpolations

(Or rhetorical possibilities oscillating back and forth, above and below, in and out of time, as alternative worlds peeking at you from underneath your bed)

The obscure nature of quantum mechanics introduces subjectivity into Cartesian reason.

What kind of imagery is being used to represent complex phenomena online? This artwork explores the latent space of migration — using AI to reinterpret visual representations of the phenomenon found through search engines.

Inspired by the multiplicity of worlds implied by Borges in The Garden of Forking Paths, we co-perform to conjure alternative possibilities into being.

Exhibited as part of U: The Order of Reality at Royal College of Art, London, March 2019.

Neuroimagined Dreamscapes #1

Performance with machine, image sequence.

This installation is part of a series of public interventions and curious creative explorations inspired by J. G. Ballard’s The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista, that seek to question data ethics in the age of ubiquitous computing – augmenting physical environments with intelligent systems.

The helmet captures the theta rhythm – a neural oscillatory pattern associated with REM sleep and dreaming – using the data to visualise and post-process latent space vectors of a generative adversarial network (GAN) trained on a dataset of landscape imagery.

Exhibited as part of #mood work-in-progress show at Royal College of Art, London, December 2018; Meeting of the Minds at Imperial College London, January 2019; Ugly Duck, London, April 2019.

Fanfare for Satoshi Nakamoto [鉱山]

Four-channel audio, Minecraft objects and soil.

This audio work is based on real-time sonification of the Bitcoin blockchain. The sonic environment of the mining mountain represents data scraped from developer APIs, translating the consensus algorithm into a sensory experience.

Blockchain is based on peer-to-peer (P2P) networking: a decentralised ledger is held and updated by each participant. Network users send each other digital tokens, and transactions are verified by miners solving mathematical problems. This particular algorithm – Proof-of-Work (PoW) – relies on computational power, and the complexity of puzzles is in flux based on the total power of the network, currently accounting for an estimated 0.3% of electricity consumed worldwide. Alternative systems are in development to address this issue, such as Proof-of-Space (PoSpace) that works by allocating disk space rather than computation to run the network.

Exhibited as part of LCC Degree Shows 2018, London, June 2018; WIRED Creative Hack Award finalist 2018, Tokyo, November 2018.