MACHINE DREAMING : USELESS WEAPONS and more art by Alexandra Ehrlich Speiser


Alexandra Ehrlich Speiser
Alexandra Ehrlich Speiser lives and works in Vienna (Austria). She is holding a Masters Degree in Media Art Histories and is working as a visual artist for over 10 years. Her passion for learning and experimenting with a multitude of data manipulations led her to digital glitches and generative art.


This series entitled MACHINE DREAMING : USELESS WEAPONS is an investigative and process driven work. The AI was fed with images of various weapons. This trained network then reflected images back. After hours of training the results could pass as plausible firearms, the interesting part for the artist though are the „inbetween spaces“, the dreaming status of the AI. There seem to be so many hidden layers worth bringing up to the surface, leading to different results, depending on the moment that the artist decides to stop the machine, thus gathering the current output.

Either AI or weapons - both trigger many fears. Will there be a revolution of machines that will erase humanity? Stalking the AI whilst designing new weapons, lurking behind the process of discriminating and recognizing patterns will still leave us with a sense of having control over machines.

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