The images shown here were created by neuromorphic artist neural networks belonging to two broad neural network families (kappa and omega), none of which had access to any human art — as is the case throughout this site.

Some comments on this exhibition are (intentionally) given at the very end.

Megalopolis I (by kappa_5).
Megalopolis II (by kappa_5).
Megalopolis III (by kappa_5).

Textures of mega-buildings filling up the images — at the end errupting in vibrant colours in a touch of magical realism. And a solitary face unexpectedly seems to make its appearance...

The death of an android (by kappa_143).

The oblong shape morphs into a head resting on twisted tree roots — or perhaps on entangled cables in some electronic graveyard. In the foreground we can almost make out the curve of shoulders and collarbones...

Alone (by kappa_56).
Alone (by kappa_97).
Alone (by kappa_271).

Solitary figures standing high up in imaginary landscapes ranging from quasi-vegetal through vaguely artificial to a bizarre mixture of mineral and organic...

The sentinel (by kappa_106).
Him (by kappa_60).

An eerie alien figure with a bird-like reddish head contrasted, in the second image, with a heavy-set masculine figure seen from the back, with the face in profile. The blackening around the eyes gives that image a rather disconcerting feel...

Running girl (by omega_48).

The very essence of running...

Arcadia (by kappa_151).
Arcadia (by kappa_111).

Utopia — peace and quiet — a miniscule figure reposing in harmony with nature — the second image brimming with vegetation and with a pair of anthropomorphic plants...

The human hive (by kappa_60).
The idol (by omega_69).

A dystopian vision of the future and an image as if straight from a H.P. Lovecraft story...

Death (by kappa_111).
Kami (by kappa_65).
The Art Deco ghost (by omega_69).

The ubiquity of faces — ranging from the ominous to the more benign. The middle figure, which seems most elusive, refers to Kami — spirits often representing nature in Shinto belief. We can discern a straight light green/yellowish mouth within a sharp triangular outline of a face resting on the side. A dark oval morphs into the Kami's eye. All this inseparable from the quasi-organic background...

The saint (by kappa_92).
Electric Buddha (by kappa_16).

In contrast to human-made art, the images created by the neuromorphic artist neural networks clearly were not made with the intention of telling a story, making a particular point or imparting a certain emotion. What we see in them is what we ourselves put in. It is a kind of artistic Rorschach test.

The images chosen for this exhibition are especially susceptible to an alternative reading by the viewer. Indeed, the titles of the images are already a subjective interpretation. They are not related to the objects that the neural networks were asked to depict. A striking feature is that the presented images are not dry and overly intelectual. Somehow they tend to resonate on an emotional level, which is a-priori especially surprising given that they were created by artificial neural networks.

We are thus led to consider the intriguing questions:

— To what extent are the interpretations and perceptions universal, characteristic of the way the brain seeks to identify patterns in its surroundings?
— To what extent do they rely on a common material and cultural environment?
— What induces the emotional response in the viewer?

The neural networks from the kappa family are also shown in the collection Abstract, while the omega family is exhibited in Graphics.

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