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The Nuclear Family

In The Nuclear Family series of images, generative AI technology is regarded not just as a tool for synthetic image creation, but as a conceptual framework for an artwork, where the ‘wrongnesses’ of text2image generators are perceived as a form of chance operation and a characteristic of algorithmic remix.1   

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 1 In The Routledge Handbook of Remix Studies and Digital Humanities (2021), Steve F. Anderson has acknowledged that there is something that can be thought of as a classical age of (analog and digital) remix, predicated on discrete, remixable elements of visual and written culture. We are now in what Anderson refers to as “an algorithmic period of remix”, whereby a machine learning algorithm “digests” salient characteristics from an original training set with the potential to generate something ‘new’ based on those characteristics. Algorithmic remix is consistent with the logic of remix as long as it is understood that “digestion” displaces the “cut and copy” metaphor of classical remix.

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