“Mallarmix” is a group of 20 video animations that mix Artificial Intelligence and poems of Stéphane Mallarmé.
My goal was to test a computer’s system semantic and symbolic limitations with the following questions: can Artificial Intelligence generate poetry? Is a computer capable of signifying reality on a symbolic level with its poetic language? What are the political implications of such issues?
All the ‘poems’ on the installation were computer generated, following specific steps:
– the AI makes a description of a painting of Günter Nosch, via AI Image Caption Generation;
– the AI is “trained” to write in the style of Mallarmé;
– the description of the painting is the initial input for the system to generate the poems;
– all the pieces of music are composed of AI systems;
– voices and sound effects are also computer-generated (text-to-speech and granular synthesis).
The animations explore the visual possibilities of poetry, attempting to add a new layer of meaning to the texts.
Presented at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.