Fake Wood
10 April 2017

It was recently revealed that Trump’s backers made extensive use of algorithms to influence public opinion during the election. Algorithms are used extensively to interface with the world – to navigate, invest, research, create friendships, and learn. They also act as a filter, by analyzing users’ predilections and surrounding them with similars. This presents questions such as what biases are programmed into the algorithm, and whether the infoscape surrounding users leads to a certain mode, or conformity, of thought. This may also be an issue with artistic expression and aesthetics. Clearly, ideas expressed through art are a product of life-experience. Can this experience and the response to it, if largely mediated by algorithms, be manipulated? Is the same true of aesthetics?

With this series, an algorithm is given a standard photographic representation, and is asked to recreate parts of the image that have been removed. It uses what information is left to create a new image, expressing a formal sense and the aesthetic biases programmed within.