As I understand it Google's DeepDream software uses libraries of images and then looks for those images in whatever image file you give it at various levels of detail based on how you set the Octaves up. And it will iteratively apply the filter again and again to bring out what it thinks it finds.
The first few layers bring out patterns. The middle set of layers eyes start to appear. Then the last set of layer settings bring out dogslugs, sankes lizards, then architecture. But so many cute doggy faces...
So it has a very specific look and style. Not completely random. Why so many dog faces?
Sometimes like a bad photoshop filter but sometimes wonderfully surreal.
How can I use it effectively?
'American flag' test. (Could of used any national flag but this is inspired by Hunter S Thomson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Deep Dream and the American Deep Dream just fit so well together.)
'Uncle Sam wants you' test. Eyes. Again seems to fit well with the revelations of how we are all now being watched 24/7.
Ok, what if I give it nothing... just white pixels to dream on?
Wow! Was surprised it worked as the image is pure white with zero noise variance.
Ok what about black?
Again totally unexpected. The cuteness has become quite evil and disturbing.
And finally 50% grey for all the concrete everywhere.
re: Joseph Beuys "Telefon S_E"
Add a third string intercept in middle with black can - black string.
"Maybe painting never gave up its ability to provide some of the best descriptions of life."
"... the notion that painting has been, or will ever have to be, on the clock. "
Dark Star Dark Matter Dark Net Invader Dark Echo Ghost Return Isolate Lie Down in Darkness Low Hum Onyx We Exist Afterlif Supersymmetry
A way to keep track of Abbott's bad policies and morals when the next election is upon us.
Such as... The Green Army.
Employing 17 - 23 year olds to train and work in environmental protection is a great idea.
But paying them half the minimum wage and affording them zero workplace protections such as Work Health and Safety Act, the Fair Work Act and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act, especially considering the dangerous nature of physical labour isn't fair.
Drawing can also be so meaningless. And I get my language back through the words of others. My art is political.
What can protest art be today?
Fight against homogenisation. Make a more bareable World. To build a community beyond the nuclear family.