SAM SCOGGINS — VIEWS OF THE UNCANNY VALLEY
Photographs of landscapes that do not exist. I generated the images using a GAN (Generative Adversarial Network). A GAN is a form of Artificial Intelligence, a deep neural network computer program consisting of two nets, a Generator and a Discriminator, which have an adversarial relationship. A GAN can be taught to mimic any distribution of data. In this case Landscape Photographs were fed to the program and I then played with the parameters and "bred" new images over and over again until I obtained the image you see. Originally coined by Masahiro Mori in 1970, the term “uncanny valley” describes our strange revulsion toward things that appear nearly human. I have broadened the definition to apply to landscape in a pun on the word "valley". As we humans destroy our own natural environment, one day we may have to inhabit an artificial habitat generated for us by A.I.'s. It is towards this dystopian, but increasingly likely future that this project looks.
PRINT INFORMATION: Archival Pigment Prints | 2019 | 6”x6” image on 10”x10” sheet | Edition: 5+1AP.
"Inquisitiveness is the seed syllable of the artist." Chogyam Trungpa. My multimedia practice (photography, film, digital video, painting, VR and code) reflects interests arising from my background in Lens Based Media and the Internet computer industry. My work comes from a desire to document, to witness, and a (sometimes contradictory) interest in perception itself, how the mind works.
Multi-media Artist, Woodstock NY. 2007 - 2019. Managing Director, 4th Wave Technologies Ltd, UK, Internet Applications & Software. 2000 - 2006. Creative Director, Web & Sand Ltd, UK, web design agency. 1997 - 2000. Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University College, UK. 1986 - 97. M.A. (R.C.A.) Film & TV. Royal College of Art. 1980 - 1983. B.A. (Hons) Photography, Film & TV. London College of Printing. 1977 - 1980..
For additional information about Sam Scoggins: www.samscoggins.com