Computed Curation, Philipp Schmitt
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Computed Curation is a photobook created by a computer. Taking the human editor out of the loop, it uses machine learning and computer vision tools to curate a series of photos from an archive of pictures from 2013 to 2017.
Considering both image content and composition — but through the sober eyes of neural networks, vectors and pixels — the algorithms uncover unexpected connections and interpretations that a human editor might have missed.
Machine learning based image recognition tools are already adept at recognizing training images (umbrella, dog on a beach, car), but quickly expose their flaws and biases when challenged with more complex input.
In Computed Curation, these flaws surface in often bizarre and sometimes poetic captions, tags and connections. Moreover, by urging the viewer to constantly speculate on the logic behind its arrangement, the book teaches how to see the world through the eyes of an algorithm.
Computed Curation by Philipp Schmitt
Design: Philipp Schmitt/Margot Fabre
Publisher: Bromide Publishing House Limited
Size: Width 140 x Hight 200mm , Thickness 19mm (boxed)
Binding: Leporello in slip box, 120 pages
Cover print and material: Glossy black deboss and black screenprint on huiban cardboard
Content printing: Offset quadri, art definition screening.
Paper: YINGAN Ultra white115
(pulp made from sustainable forest production, alcali UV white coating)
Limited edition of 300 copies.