ONE AND THREE PCS

BY BADEN PAILTHORPE

Baden Pailthorpe’s One and Three PCs (2019) is a computational installation comprised of the world’s most beautiful computer attempting to produce and recognise an image of itself. Using a form of image generating AI called a Deep Convolutional General Adversarial Network (DCGAN), this installation playfully calls into question the meaning of language, symbols and imagery in the context of machine intelligence.

Produced for The Invisible Hand, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney

WHERE

Gallery 2

WHEN

13 – 30 November

CREDITS

PC build: Stuart Tonks, GGF LAN Party
AI assistance: Dr Charles Gretton, ANU; Kieran Browne, ANU
Network architecture by Radford et al., 2015.  
Code:  https://github.com/gsurma/image_generator 
Supported by: In-Win

THE ARTIST

Baden Pailthorpe

Baden Pailthorpe is a contemporary artist who works with emerging and experimental technologies. He is the Convenor of Hybrid Art Practice at the ANU School of Art & Design, Canberra. His artistic practice interrogates the relationship between aesthetics and power, interrogating the politics of technological and economic structures across Sport, Finance and the Military-Industrial Complex.

Since 2011, Baden’s practice has integrated performance and installation alongside screen-based interventions. Examples include: a commissioned performance at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); video work depicting a hacked military simulator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); documentation of a video game performance exhibited at the Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); a ‘start-up as artwork’ at Sullivan+Strumpf (2017); and an experimental data visualisation of AFL player GPS data at UTS Art, Sydney (2017).

Baden Pailthorpe is represented by Sullivan+ Strumpf.