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Exhibition All Gone

Invoking Climate Futures

Evenement

All Gone is an experiment in imagining our future climate, with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). For All Gone, researchers and designers in the Visual Methodologies Collective team up with AI to co-author climate future parables and co-design accompanying images. With audio stories, a tarot deck, and a wall tapestry, All Gone offers tools for reflection on the present and possible futures of living with climate change.

All Gone is part of the larger program Climate Futures: (Machine) learning from cli-fi, in which researchers and designers from the Visual Methodologies Collective collaborate with algorithms to create new imaginaries for life with a changing climate.

A Crisis of Imagination

Writer Amitav Ghosh describes the climate crisis as a “crisis of imagination” in his 2016 book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, calling on artists, writers, and designers among others to engage with the topic of climate crisis in their work. The artistic research program Climate Futures heeds that call by turning to science fiction – the genre best known to forecast futures. Already in 1958, political philosopher Hannah Arendt pointed to the “highly non-respectable literature of science fiction” as where ideas soon to be realized by science were buried. Using collections of climate novels (“cli-fi”) where science fiction meets natural disaster, algorithms are trained to write their own.

These machine-generated cli-fi narratives are then edited, translated, and paired with illustrations and videos. The excerpts are recorded by a human voice (writer and editor Janine Armin) that sends back messages from imagined futures, like postcards from the post-Anthropocene.

We also work with another machine – the Attentional Generative Adversarial Network – to co-design landscapes and illustrations for our stories. This text-to-image model can synthesize fine-grained details of an image by paying attention to relevant words in a given description. The synthetic images made on the basis of the co-authored texts are the images for the Major Arcana, with each tarot card carrying its own machine-generated assemblage and accompanying audio story. The core Major Arcana image titled All Gone, was also rendered into a large wall tapestry through digital 3D knitting technology at AMFI’s Fieldlab 3Dknit, which is on view here.

Image credits: Carlo De Gaetano with AI (Attentional Generative Adversarial Network, AttnGAN), All Gone, digital collage, 2020.

The Visual Methodologies Collective

The Visual Methodologies Collective is a transdisciplinary research group specializing in visual, digital, and participatory research for social and ecological sustainability. The research collective is based at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries . For the Climate Futures program, the collective currently works with students from the Master Digital Design, CO-CB Minor Impact Storytelling, and CMD, and the UvA Digital Methods Winter & Summer Schools. The All Gone wall tapestry is made at the Fieldlab 3D Knit , with AMFI and the research group Fashion Research & Technology . Climate Futures is kindly supported by the Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation .

All Gone has been presented at ARIAS-event Listening to AI in Amsterdam (2020), the conference Deep Cities 3 in Lausanne (2021), and GOGBOT Café in Eindhoven (2021), and in workshops as part of the exhibition Critical Zones: Observatories for Earthly Politics at ZKM Karlsruhe (2021). A performance adaptation is being developed by Zikzira Teatro Fisico in Brazil.

The All Gone exhibition at FLOOR is made possible by UvA Green Office and the Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation. More information on the website of the Visual Methodologies Collective .

Your are welcome to visit the exhibition from Monday until Friday, between 10 am and 5 pm.

Gepubliceerd door  FLOOR 13 april 2022

Datum

Startdatum 22 apr
Einddatum 30 jun

Locatie

FLOOR

Wibautstraat 3b

1091 GH Amsterdam

020 595 4955