13 September 2011

“DREAMING MACHINE #1″ by Ben Bogart

“Dreaming Machine #1″ (Prototype) 2008 by Ben Bogart

"Can a machine dream?
Dreams are a complex interaction between our bodies, minds, memories, and experiences. “Dreaming Machine” is a trajectory of site-specific artistic works exploring the topic of dreaming. “Dreaming Machine #1″ (prototype) is the first in the series. During the day, the work examines its visual context. Stimulus from the visual context inspires day dreams through its experience. At night the work freely associates elements of its experience and presents them to the audience." See more;

"The system uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a model of memory to construct its dreams. The work is a continuation of the artist’s M.Sc. thesis project entitled “Memory Association Machine” (MAM). Both MAM and “Dreaming Machine” use a novel combination of AI and a cognitive model of human creativity and memory. The model is manifested in two processes; first, both systems use an artificial neural network (a Self-Organizing Map) to integrate and organize visual sense experience into a field, and second, the process is modeled on a creative free-association where elements of the systems’ experience are selected using a model of propagation similar to a cellular automata.

Ben Bogart is an artist working in installation, audio-visual improvisation and software development. His installations create content live in response to their sensed environment. He works in an Open Source context and makes all the software he develops, that is of general use, available under the GPL. Physical modelling, chaos, feedback systems, evolutionary algorithms and artificial intelligence have been used to inform and engage in his creative process. Ben holds a Masters of Science in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University. His current work deals with computational implementations of embodied creativity, memory and dreaming."

You can read a great interview about Ben Bogart's works at Vague Terrain.