The ninth edition of the Art of Neuroscience competition is won by Olesya Ilyenok, Marina Muzyka and Andrey Chugunov, students from the School of Digital Economics in Russia, who, with their project ‘AF-CFFiIV’ dive into the imagination of neural networks.
In their video, the students show the imaginative abilities of three neural networks. The first network generates an image of a realistic but nonexistent human face, for which a second network provides a description through use of algorithms. The third network reproduces this description in a trained voice. (Text continues under the video.)
Albert Barqué-Duran, connected to the University of Londen, receives an honorable mention for his project ‘ULTIMATE EMOJI’, in which an artificially generated emoji shows how digital ‘memes’ shape our cultural values and understanding of emotions. (Text continues under the video.)
Markos Kapeliotis, Rebeca Alejandra Gavrilla Laic, Nele Famaey en Pieter van den Berghe, from the KU Leuven, were praised for their submission ‘Art-or-fact’. They submitted a picture of bridging veins in the brain, in which the shape of a horse can be distinguished.
‘Starlight Gone’, an interactive installation about depression from Elizabeth Parent and Liam O’Leary, illustrates how loss can create a union that protects against future loss, for which it receives an honorable mention.
Art of Neuroscience started in 2011 at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience as a competition for inspiring and provocative imagery from neuroscience labs. The goal has been to make the research from neuroscience labs more tangible, but also aims for scientists to evaluate their own work from a different perspective. In previous editions it has welcomed artists to also submit work inspired by the brain to stimulate the cross-over between neuroscience and art.
More submissions can be found on the website of the Art of Neuroscience.