The purpose of this project is to explore different ways of collaboration between human and machine entities through the generation of art interpretations applied to Cathy Wilkes’s Exhibition in the British Pavilion for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 


How can machines interpret art? Inspired by Cathy Wilkes’s exhibition, two trained machines create a dialogue like art critics, trying to interpret her work. The algorithms generate stories and images which refer to subjects of death, pain, loss, motherhood, childhood and faith.


A painter is called to interpret these generations into drawings. These successive interpretations by human and machine actors, lead to the loss of the initial message. It looks like the Chinese telephone game, in which the message is getting garbled along the way.


The audience can compare the original idea with the final version and is being questioned about the notion of open interpretation in art but also the unreliability of the computational systems. Humans, tend to search for a message behind artworks decoding the different perspectives of them.

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