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Mario Klingemann

Do Not Kill the Messenger
Machine Learning, Generative Adversarial Network

Giclée print with long-lasting mineral pigments on cotton paper Hahnemuhle Museum Etching 350 gms.
30 × 20 in
76.2 × 50.8 cm

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$ 7,000 USD
$ 7,000 USD

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Do Not Kill the Messenger is part of “Imposture Series”, a collection of 6 prints that reflects Klingemann’s interest in pushing AI models to surprise the viewer with their visual outputs. For these works, the artist focused on the human body, training his AI models to explore posture by turning stick figures into paintings, based on the analysis of images harvested from the internet.

Each of the 6 works has been selected by the artist himself from over 50,000 images created by his “ImpostureSeries” model. With their dream-like presence, textured forms and visual artifacts, these prints are genuine highlights of Klingemann’s artistic journey.

Images courtesy of Onkaos.

Born in 1970, Klingemann grew up in the age of the first handheld computer games, arcade machines and home computers. An autodidact, Klingemann began learning computer programming in the 1980s, and aspired to a career that synthesized technology and the visual arts. Finding no such option available at the time, Klingemann started his professional life in advertising and design. In 1994, he began creating websites on the still-nascent World Wide Web, and in 1997 Klingemann co-founded coma, a collective of media artists. Since then, his artistic practice has evolved alongside breakthroughs in AI and deep learning, with Klingemann’s contributions at the leading edge.

Klingemann has worked with prestigious institutions including The British Library, Cardiff University and New York PublicLibrary, and was Artist in Residence at Google Arts and Culture. His artworks have been exhibited at MoMA NewYork, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Photographers’ Gallery London, ZKM Karlsruhe, and CentrePompidou Paris. Klingemann received the British Library Labs Artistic Award 2016 and in 2018 won the Lumen PrizeGold Award, which celebrates artworks made with technology. His installation Memories of Passersby I made history in March 2019 as the first autonomous AI machine to be successfully auctioned at Sotheby’s.

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