work in progress

real-time generative video installation

Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Apophenia, Pareidolia, Cold Reading

FUTUREFALSEPOSITIVE is a project based on StyleGAN and object recognition algorithms applied to the ritual of Turkish coffee mug reading. A collection of these pictures composed the initial database out of which new images have been generated. 15000 real-life and generated images are then morphing into an animation and used to train the algorithm to recognize objects out of these random shapes created by the coffee stains and generated noise. The algorithm performs this continuous object recognition process in real time—reading the mug—while producing new visual narratives in a loop.

In this process the relation has been established between false positives in computer vision and psychological phenomena of pareidolia and apophenia. The interplay between prediction as a false positive and prophecy as apophenia - the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between seemingly unrelated things - does not only focus on absurdity but on possibilities of creative interpretation when trying to understand the technical processes behind.

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