This Person Does Not Exist

The website This Person Does not Exist generates AI-created images of humans using Generative Adversarial Network (GAN). It’s essentially a conversation of two neural networks, where one tries to trick the other into creating something that passes for ground truth. The same type of algorithm has previously been used to produce artwork that famously sold…

Dirty Computer

Janelle Monae’s e-motion picture Dirty Computer is almost a year old, but it’s still one of my favorite visual and musical expression of political existence and very much worth sharing here while I keep on posting postcards on Instagram.

Fan mail for a robot

Science fiction, fashion, art, and design all offer various possibilities of re-assembled life-forms we can look forward to meeting or becoming. They show us what lies ahead in many useful ways, but the most interesting cyborganic person I have encountered, is a product of a re-imagined past, and the subject of Manivelle: The Last Days…

#RobotProblems

I’ve always been a bit annoyed at the public’s obsession over whether Lil Miquela is a fictional or real character, just because she isn’t the exact replica of an organic self. I personally don’t think the digital world owes the organic world any accountability, and mostly I miss the days when the Internet was a…

Time as Human Matter: A Temple on the Mediterranean 

It has the warm feel of a dream-house by the beach, and inspires a happy sense of elevation as the temple it was designed to be. A new museum in Heri, North Lebanon, celebrates Nabu, the Mesopotamian patron-god of literacy. Designed by Mahmoud al-Obaidi and Dia Azzawi, the architecture is a rust-colour cube of steel…

Of blood and bureaucracy: Consequences of the arbitrary.

The point of this space is to make sense of identities as they materialise at different nodes of processes that mark their existence; and it’s only appropriate to start by making pixels bleed out of their white cube. I met with curator and artist Izdihar Afyouni to ask her about playing God with people’s bodies, as she re-imagined what an art exhibition could be, turning visitors into subjects of a curated experience of corporeality, rather than its audience. In a conscious effort to minimise interpretation and preserve intended meaning in its context, the conversation is here in the form of an annotated video.