Bringing out the Ghosts
(Code based Computer Generated Video)
Artist Statement - Bringing Out the Ghosts takes as its starting point perhaps one of the most clichéd forms of the digital age – the social media selfie. Using generative algorithms that iteratively expose their ghost-like ambience, this work pulls away the veil of personality to reveal ghosts within the representational form. This work uses one of most traditional art forms –the portrait– as its source revealing the algorithmic machine that creates these ghosts through a layered dissolution of form. These ambient generative videos evolve the human mask full circle, situating the ghost and the machine together.
Steve DiPaola is an active artist and scientist who explores concepts of the virtual. Steve creates and designs virtual human, expression and creativity systems both in his research and his artwork. His Artificial Intelligence software systems use code based on models of cognitive and biological processes.