What Androids Dream No. 136

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We wear many different masks. There is the mask that we put on for work. The one we put on for friends. The one we wear at home. The mask we wear for job interviews. Why do we hide our natural, sweet radiance behind over-sized masks.

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We wear many different masks. There is the mask that we put on for work. The one we put on for friends. The one we wear at home. The mask we wear for job interviews. Why do we hide our natural, sweet radiance behind over-sized masks.

Formatted for 8K UHD screens,
this series was created by collaborating with the artificial intelligence at the heart of the DeepDream project. I input some of my completely abstract images to the software to see what patterns the AI would find in them. The results are the series that I call What Androids Dream. A sort of homage to Philip K Dick, the series anticipates the coming Singularity when even artists may be superseded by machine superintelligence.

Just as photography inspired the cubists and abstract expressionists, what will art generating, super intelligent machines inspire? Perhaps a collaboration between man and machine to find that perfect image?

I find the alien creatures that the AI “finds” to be strangely endearing, like the “hopeful monsters” of the Cambrian explosion — perhaps even an electric sheep or two for Philip K Dick’s android’s private amusement. For me, the images create a mental atmosphere of sci-fi, psychedelic surrealism filled with strange, dreamlike stories.

There seem to be many stories going on in each image — stories that are private and unique to each viewer, stories that are unique to each viewing.


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Comments

Moondoggie
2019/08/03

Gosh I just love looking at what Androids dream about. I love all of Mike's work. I can only imagine how many dreams I'd see on the big screen!😃

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/04

Thank you so much, Moondoggie. It’s so nice to hear that my work is appreciated! 😊

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Indrani Mitra
2019/08/01

It looks like masks superimposing each other so that the real one is buried.. perfectly resonates how tthe AI put its masks on this ..

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Jarid Scott
2019/08/01

Hauntingly other-worldly and beautiful as usual. Great job!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/01

Thank you so much, Jarid!

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I really like how this came out of a "completely abstract" image and I just wished I had a 8k screen to enjoy all the details. Also your description is quite inspiring, especially the idea of a "collaboration between man and machine". Keep it up!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/01

Thank you so much, Joern!

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Wonderful works and blind concepts. To belong sometimes we must wear masks. It is not easy to be different and it costs more in adolescence.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/07/31

Thank you so much, Norma. So true. Adolescence is a challenging time.

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Joe Chiappetta
2019/07/31

Now that's an intense looking face! It almost reminds me of a turtle in some areas.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/07/31

Thanks, Joe. It kind of reminds me of the movie ET.

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