A Still Life Sculpture (Huddled Man)
2016
full color 3d Printed Sculpture

A Still Life Sculpture (Huddled Man) is a full color 3d printed sculpture. The model of the sculpture is reconstructed through a photogrammetry tool with a series of photos of a huddled man. However, the photos used were recreated and enhanced by Google DeepDream’s* artificial neural network. This project takes advantage of the low-level layers analysis of DeepDream which are sensitive to basic features such as color and geometry-based features. Instead of interpreting original photos into conventional psychedelic and animal-like images( which is from medium-level and high-level layers analysis), the outcome in three dimension presents a painting-like texture combined with a surreal form.

The Low-level layers analysis of Deepdream shows how Ai perceive the world with a glance rather than an over-processed verdict. Every seen subject is equal for the artificial neural network of the computer vision. Pixels of a desk are as important as that of a living creature. The recognition mechanism can be regarded as searching for link between data(seen) and data(trained) — from one abiotic thing to another abiotic thing. Then, for Deepdream, every glance is a still life. While the glance reveals the weak neural fire, the observation is strong. It is reviewing pixel by pixel, capturing all informations and recreating them in an enhanced way: from the color reflected from the environment to a pleat in shadow. It builds a gestalt through reconstructing all these sharp impressions into a 3d object.

*Google DeepDream is a computer vision program created by Google which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia, thus creating a dreamlike hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images.




A Still Life Sculpture(detail)



output of Google DeepDream



3d model(rebuilt by photogrammetry software)