- © Anna Ridler
- © Anna Ridler
Drawing historical parallels from “tulip-mania” that swept across Netherlands/Europe in the 1630s to the speculation currently ongoing around crypto-currencies, I will create a video work generated by an artificial intelligence (AI) that will show a tulip blooming, an updated version of a Dutch still life for the 21st century. The appearance of the tulip would be controlled by bitcoin price. “Mosaic” is the name of the virus that causes the stripes in a petal which increased their desirability and helped cause the speculative prices during the time. In this piece, the stripes will depend on the value of bitcoin, changing over time to show how the market fluctuates.
Beazley's Designs of the Year 2019 by the Design Museum London
Exhibited at (selection):
Mutations/Créations: art, innovation and science, Centre Pompidou, Paris 26 Ferbuary - April 20, 20209
AI: More Than Human, Barbican Centre, London, 16 May - 26 August 2019
IMPAKT exhibition: Algorithmic Superstructures, IMPAKT Festival 2018, Utrecht, 24 October - 11 November 2018
Error, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, September 2018
2019 Prix Ars Electronica, Artificial Intelligence & Life Art, Honorable mention
Mentions of Mosaic Virus in the media:
Hyperallergic 01-03-2019 "Using AI to Produce “Impossible” Tulips"
Artnet 06-11-2018 "Has Artificial Intelligence Brought Us the Next Great Art Movement? Here Are 9 Pioneering Artists Who Are Exploring AI’s Creative Potential"
Creative Crypto 30-10-2019 "Bitcoin-Inspired Generative Tulips ‘Mosaic Virus'"
Forbes 24-09-2018 "Machine Dreams: Art and Artificial Intelligence"
FastCompany 17-09-2018 "This AI dreams of Tulips"
FutureScape "Mosaic Virus artwork: AI-generated Tulips"
DisruptCyprus 25-09-2018 "Anna Ridler uses a machine learning algorithm to train 10.000 tulip images"
ai.SensiLab 25-08-2018 "Artist interview with Anna Ridler"
MediaScopium 21-08-2018 "From tulip-mania speculation to the cryptocurrency market"
Süddeutsche Zeitung 18-93-2019 "Malen nach Zahlen) in German only