Learning to See: You Are What You See

Akten, Memo; Fiebrink, Rebecca and Grierson, Mick. 2019. 'Learning to See: You Are What You See'. In: SIGGRAPH 2019 Art Papers. Los Angeles, United States 28 July - 1 August 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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We present a visual instrument developed as part of the creation of the artwork Learning to See. The artwork explores bias in artificial neural networks and provides mechanisms for the manipulation of specifically trained–for real-world representations. The exploration of these representations acts as a metaphor for the process of developing a visual understanding and/or visual vocabulary of the world. These representations can be explored and manipulated in real time, and have been produced in such a way so as to reflect specific creative perspectives that call into question the relationship between how both artificial neural networks and humans may construct meaning.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Other)

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neural networks, visual instruments

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Computing > Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI)


8 April 2019Accepted
28 July 2019Published

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Los Angeles, United States

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28 July - 1 August 2019

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Date Deposited:

02 Aug 2019 10:15

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09 Jun 2021 19:22



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