What Androids Dream No. 171

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Visual Music Entry 7

Marsupial Madness the lead critic for Fleecebook was charfing with some of the top brass about the Mugwump’s show. Everyone was gangled by the performance and snarffed merkle in excitement.

Mumbles Mackelroy the octopus brained snumpfabumpf was the main topic of conversation. Thousands of offers for copies … (read more)

Visual Music Entry 7

Marsupial Madness the lead critic for Fleecebook was charfing with some of the top brass about the Mugwump’s show. Everyone was gangled by the performance and snarffed merkle in excitement.

Mumbles Mackelroy the octopus brained snumpfabumpf was the main topic of conversation. Thousands of offers for copies of her brain and nervous system poured in. The potential uses of her rapid morphing skills were endless.

The snarflegumpers were pumpfed about the possibilities. Their number one project, the gangolpopenfloozer would especially benefit. The intricacies of its snumpflegifter facades would wax popfminger with the increased speed.

Mumbles couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have so many copies of herself running around? Which one would be the real her? It sounded confusing and painful and hurt Mumbles brain right to the tip of her virtual tentacles.

In the end, she decided to remain unique and devote herself to making collaborative art with the Mugwumps,



Afterwords

This series is a visualization of the not-so-distant future when the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology and artificial intelligence give mankind complete control of matter. What then? Perhaps art will be our sole occupation.

Notes:

Formatted for 8K UHD screens,
the What Androids Dream 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 A sort of homage to Philip K Dick, the series anticipates the coming Singularity when even artists may be superseded by machine superintelligence.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.

Comments

Moondoggie
(owner)
2019/10/19

Oh Thank You so Much MikeButler!! I love this one so much. There is so much to take in and it totally vibes with my fevered lizard brain Cheers!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/10/19

You are very welcome and thank you so much for your support and great comments. It means a lot.

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Such fascinating and colourful creatures Mike. Poor Mumbles, having so many look-a-likes ~ But after all the confusion, a good decision was made in the end. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/10/11

Thank you so much, Alison!

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A beautiful ending for this 7-week series, those new majestic monsters, the color, I stared in detail at the magnificent octopus. What an incredible job as you have accustomed us. My congratulations and admiration.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/10/09

Thank you so much, Norma. Your praise means so much — especially from such a great talent. I am a huge fan of your work.

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Indrani Mitra
2019/10/09

Haha.. yes I would worry about multiple copies of myself running around even though some days I would love to have a couple atleast so I can paint in peace... I love the creativty in writing and names that you bring forth on this series.. it goes so well with the pictures...when i look at the pictures..there are a thousand possibilities and each viewer has the freedom to see what they want to see ..wonderful work Mike.. it is amazing how each of the pictures are different but they sync so well.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/10/09

Thank you so much, Indrani. That was exactly my goal. Great feedback. Thank you!

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MJ Moonbow
2019/10/09

Very nice coulours gives me a popmusic feeling. I think he salso sings with an awesome bass voice, giving you that feeling in the stomach.... i think he uses it to manipulate the audience's feelings :)

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/10/09

That’s a great interpretation, MJ. I find that it goes great with all my favourite music. I hope I left the story open enough for you to make up your own story or stories.

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Jarid Scott
2019/10/08

Yet again I find myself lost in one of your pieces. It's almost like an exercise in mindfulness and letting go of your thoughts. The more I try to look and make sense of everything, the more lost I become. Like a dog endless chasing the mail truck only to never catch up with. But if I let go, and take in the piece for what it is, imaginary alien forms from the depths of my imagination emerge enhanced by the balance of color and texture. What a great way to end your series. Amazing work Mike!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/10/08

Thanks, Jarid. You have hit on my strategy perfectly. We see the world through the filters of incomplete knowledge. When we are forced to abandon our shadow knowledge we collapse into a vision of what Kriishnurti called freedom from the known and we experience clarity and beauty as the heart essence of each and every moment. What once appeared as threatening monsters are transformed into friendly companions.

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Moondoggie
(owner)
2019/10/07

I love this very fluid and colourful one! Lizard brain. The morphed creatures once again zithering around like a rhapsody! It seems quite cheerful to me!

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