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What happens when a constellation of algorithms “perceives” and “reads” images produced by a human photographer? The work of Simon Tanner reflects precisely upon these issues and the open-ended processes of meaning making when humans are looking at images by juxtaposing them to the interpretations of an artificial intelligence image recognition program called CaptionBot.
For this experiment, Tanner collected a random selection of used objects from flea markets. He then gathered them together as in a still-life constellation, resulting in images that can be read as visual allegories. Afterwards, these photographic images were “tested” by feeding them into the CaptionBot to in turn also “expose” the software’s cognition and perception, or its lack thereof.
In order to bring in the role of multiple human perceivers, please add your interpretations of the images in the comment section.