The Smoking Eye of Mascot, 2017, High Definition video, Audio, Duration 8:28mins, loop.
This work was originally exhibited in the Algorithmic Pareidolia, solo exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, Sydney, 2017. The footage was recorded in Mascot, Sydney and features the old and new Sydney Airport Control Towers.
Algorithmic Pareidolia featured a series of experimental video, installation and robotic artworks that explore how our understanding of reality is increasingly simulated and automated.
Algorithmic pareidolia, is used in machine learning by programming computers with deep digital neural networks, modelled on the brain. For example, in 2015 Google released its Deep Dream software, a computer vision program which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia. The results are dream-like and hallucinogenic images, that rival the work of Giuseppe Archicembalo and Hieronymus bosch. This raises the question of whether or not, we can ever consider artificial intelligence to be creative?
Not satisfied with Google's Deep Dream Marynowsky used his own imagination to combine art history and popular culture with the techniques of the special effects industry onto audio visual field recordings of his surroundings. He asks.... How does cinematic popular culture influence the way we understand our surroundings? Will we some day live in completely simulated worlds?, lets hope not!