Macchia: mirroring images in the digital domain

MCCARTHY, Penny (2017). Macchia: mirroring images in the digital domain. In: Eighth International Conference on the Image, Venice International University, Venice, Italy, 31st October- 1st November 2017. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This research explores the framework of meaning that is produced when representations of material forms are transported between the material world and the digital domain. This presentation reflects on the ways that hand-made images are understood when transported into the digital domain. Through a series of my own drawings that accurately reproduce digital images I have been testing the ways that image search engines interpret hand-made representations as ‘equivalents’ of their source. My drawings are close facsimiles of material found online, citing and reversing the detachment from hand-made processes. Experimenting with internet image search engines I ‘return’ my copies to image-search for ‘equivalent’ images. The plagiarism search engine software appears unable to read my images correctly and often cannot locate the sources from my drawn copies. The image search ‘equivalents’, the demonstration of what the artificial intelligence ‘sees’ raises questions about the difference between human and AI visual comprehension.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Departments: Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Art and Design
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Depositing User: Penny Mccarthy
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 16:03
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2018 20:28
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17254

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