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How do we engage with the rich diversity of the natural world in virtual, digital space?

This project is part of an ongoing exploration of artificial life using machine learning to generate insects as well as their names and anatomical descriptions. The intention is to celebrate the natural diversity of insectile life, not through the precise, sterile digital reproduction of it, but in the form of new specimens that are digital natives.

These do not attempt to impersonate existing insects, but rather embody an insectile “essence” born from the training of machine learning algorithms on datasets of existing insects leading to novel, non-human understandings of the natural. Their diversity and decidedly digital qualities are in complementary contrast to the unsurpassable creativity of natural selection but can act as a prism with which to approach new perspectives and appreciation of the vulnerable, non-human world we too often take for granted.

The latest generation of Artificial Remnants can be experienced as an online experience and as augmented reality at https://www.artificialremnants.com

This project is a collaboration between Entangled Others Studio (www.entangledothers.studio) and Sofia Crespo (https://sofiacrespo.com).

Feileacan McCormick

Norwegian artist, researcher & former architect based in Berlin whose practice meditates on ecology, nature & generative arts, with a focus on giving non-human new forms of presence & life in digital space.

Sofia Crespo

Artist working with a huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. One of her main focuses is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve, this implying the idea that technologies are a biased product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. On the side, she is also hugely concerned with the dynamic change in the role of the artists working with machine learning techniques.