Gold Award

The Butcher’s Son

Mario Klingemann


A neural network’s interpretation of the human form.
This image has been generated entirely by a machine using a chain of GANs (generative adversarial neural networks). In this chain a randomly generated stick-figure is used as an input to the first GAN, which produces a painterly-looking low-resolution proto-image. In several steps, the low resolution image is ‘transhanced’ and upscaled by another GAN increasing the resolution and adding details and textures. I control this process indirectly by training the model on selected data sets, the model’s hyperparameters and eventually by making a curatorial choice, by picking among the thousands of variations produced by the models the one that speaks to me most.