#2: Deep Fake, bots & Synthetic Art with Eric Drass
In this episode, I talk to respected synthetic artist Eric Drass - who you may know as Shardcore - about his work playing with neural networks, Deep Fake, bots and, underneath it all, the increasingly pressing question of how we can know what is true and what is not in the mediated, boundless, shape-shifting digital world we occupy.
Eric is an artist who makes work in a range of media, from painting through to generative experiments which live on the net. Some of his favourite themes are identity, consciousness, the philosophical ramifications of artificial intelligence, big data and the relationship between humans and machines. Sometimes this work is political, frequently it is playful, often it is provocative or transgressive in some way. His works are often reported and cited online (see BoingBoing, Imperica).
I hope you gain a new perspective from our conversation - art and artists like Eric exist to prod and provoke us to look at the world differently, and listening to him did just that for me.
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Latest major work (NSFW): http://themachinegaze.com
Anna Carlson, Louis McInnes and Georgia Tregear for first listens
Mark Pinsent, Alison Goldsworthy and Leo Ryan for helpful critical feedback on Episode 1
Lee Rosevere for intro music