Computer Vision Art

Philipp Schmitt

A Computer Walks Into a Gallery, (2018)

Commissioned by DAAD for the Consulate General of Germany in New York, the installation revisits a permanent artwork in the consulate’s lobby gallery.

Michael Morgner’s “Schreitender” (engl. title: “Man Pacing”) was shown to a computer vision algorithms trying to “see” features in the image. Visualizing what the computer saw, the installation is a physical manifestation of the computer’s limited understanding of a work of art or, perhaps, the world in general. At the same time, it invites the viewer to see the artwork differently, to rediscover it through new ways of looking.

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