Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
“Mirage” by Ralf Baecker is a complex project (in the true tradition of this artist) using optics and artificial intelligence to form a “projection apparatus.” It uses a ‘fluxgate magnetometer’ to detect the earth’s magnetic field, feeding it into a learning algorithm and analysing it. The algorithm then “hallucinates” variations of the previously analysed signal, translating them into a two-dimensional matrix, physically transforming a thin mirror sheet by way of 48 muscle wires. A laser is then directed onto the mirror surface, generating a mesmerising landscape-like projection on the wall. Both the scientific and oneiric aesthetics reflect Baecker’s speculation about Artificial Intelligence algorithms’ capacity to “dream,” derived from their potential autonomy. However, the structured machine variables (the magnetic fields, the reflective range, the wire’s friction, etc.) work to amplify the algorithm’s obscure perceived role in this complex process.
Mirage, intelligent projection apparatus