One of my first major works with artificial intelligence, minted for the first time! This one is a true classic in my art practice and in AI art history itself, as it was exhibited as part of the first major AI art show in a contemporary art gallery ever (https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/ai-generated-art-gallery-show-1339445). This work has been covered extensively in international media. For the first time, along with this NFT i'll ship a signed set of 20 archival prints forming the artwork panel.
The work and title is a reference to one of Rembrandt’s earliest, and most well known paintings, ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp’. That painting was done at a time of troubled fascination with medical technology, and currently we are in a parallel time of troubled fascination with artificial intelligence, debating about topics like how much of human should a machine be exposed to. In this context, i create this piece by exposing the machine to the hardware of the human body, by curating a dataset of about 60,000 images of human surgical dissections, and letting the machine create its own imaginations and interpretations of us.
For me, the machine’s imagination of the all-too-fleshly materiality of the human, is as beautiful as it is disquieting. The machine generated artefacts are a reflection of the early processes of GANs used to make this work, capturing and celebrating what i believe is a turning point in art history.
Some links to international media coverage- Beautiful words in the Open magazine- https://openthemagazine.com/art-culture/man-and-machine/
Financial Express- https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/art-goes-algorithm-issues-of-labour-perception-and-creativity-crop-up-amid-a-debate-on-artificial-intelligence-vs-humans-at-a-delhi-exhibition/1292343/
Financial Times- https://www.ft.com/content/eea358e6-a553-11e8-8ecf-a7ae1beff35b
Exhibition View- In the artnet article and here too- http://harshitagrawal.com/works/the-anatomy-lesson-of-dr-algorithm.