QFT Player: Glenn Marshall: Neuralism

BBFC RatingQFT Player: Glenn Marshall: Neuralism

Showing: 14 December 2020 until 14 December 2021

CertificateNot Rated
DirectorGlenn Marshall
SeasonQFT Player

Neuralism is a collection of short animations by Belfast-based computer artist Glenn Marshall. Available to watch for free on QFT Player.

The animations have been created using artificial intelligence and innovative machine learning techniques, as Glenn explains:

"As a computer artist for the last 20 years, I’ve been fascinated by getting the computer to generate art by itself - this I usually do through coding, mathematics and algorithms - and relying heavily on randomisation. We now suddenly find ourselves deep in the new age of Artificial Intelligence, and with it the capabilities of machine learning to create art.

Neuralism and Neural Fractal employ a process called Artistic Style Transfer. Here, the computer analyses a source image such as a painting, learning the style of the artist and creating a neural model at a deep conceptual level, much how the human brain would - it then applies this understanding to ‘paint’ a new image converting any kind of photograph or image to the learned style, as if it were painted by that artist.

For One Night in Space and Mercy Street I use Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). GANs is the latest in artificial intelligence whereby the computer is trained to analyse thousands of themed or similar images (e.g. fine art, portraits, microscopic photography), and then create brand new images based on its understanding. Every frame in these videos is a unique, generative piece of art or photograph.

These works represent a personal journey in the exploration and discovery of neural art - only possible through the computer simulation of a human mind isolated from reality, left to its own devices, its doors of perception finally unhinged. Maybe we are entering the age of Artificial Imagination."

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