Surprising Pairs

Sur­pris­ing image pairs (you can see below) and its result­ing mean­ings are gen­er­at­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly based on an algo­rithm using machine vision. Each pair is pub­lished on Face­book page and con­sists of an image from a cur­rent arti­cle on the Guardian and a cul­tur­al arti­fact from the col­lec­tion of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um. The script first down­loads a pho­to from the arti­cle, uses Google Cloud Vision to assign it infor­ma­tion about what it cap­tures, and then queries the met­ro­pol­i­tan muse­um’s data­base for the most sim­i­lar work of art. 

This cre­ates a pair from which the post is cre­at­ed. The mean­ings cre­at­ed by this jux­ta­po­si­tion are large­ly formed by chance and in some cas­es may be prob­lem­at­ic. After all, many cul­tur­al arti­facts also have a tur­bu­lent his­to­ry and refer to acts that would be unac­cept­able today. Thus, some con­tri­bu­tions also open up space for their crit­i­cal reflection.

New pair! North Korea offi­cials to be pun­ished after typhoon caus­es ‘dozens of casu­al­ties’ (The Guardian) & Wangchuan Vil­la, dat­ed 1711 (The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um of Art)Paired by:Grass fam­i­ly, Tree and Soil

Gepostet von Sur­pris­ing Pairs am Sam­stag, 5. Sep­tem­ber 2020