Working Paper #5 published in English and German

Credit: Francis Hunger
Photo: Detail of the cover of Working Paper No. 5. Design: Francis Hunger.

As part of the Working Paper publication format, the fifth title »Point Clouds. Scatterplots and Tables as User Interfaces of Artificial ‘Intelligence’« by Francis Hunger (HMKV HartwareMedienKunstVerein) is published. A German language version has also appeared here.

Scatterplots and tabular structures are the main graphical user interfaces for the diagrammatic depiction of large image data collections, which have been processed with visual recognition tools. This study discusses various media visualisations as case examples: ARTigo (LMU Munich), imgs.AI (UC Santa Barbara/Bildarchiv Foto Marburg), iArt (Universities of Munich and Hannover), Vikus Viewer (FH Potsdam), and X Degrees of Separation (Google). It further investigates how these projects employ visualisation algorithms like PCA, t-SNE and UMAP in relation to artificial weighted networks such as VGG19 or CLIP and provides practical proposals how to deal with the identified problems.

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»Training the Archive« (2020–2023) is a research project that explores the possibilities and risks of AI in relation to the automated structuring of museum collection data to support curatorial practice and artistic production.

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