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Tropical Camouflage

(+-) Project text

We fed an GAN algorithm thousands of tourist photographs and created a camouflage suit, deployable in the same vacation destination said photos were taken in.

The art of deceiving has gained a new tool with machine learning and its ability to recognize and recreate patterns. But when used covertly dangers lurk: ‘Mass surveillance or social media manipulation‘ are just a few of the negative headlines. To draw attention to these risks, the project presents a real application scenario. An indoor water park in the countryside of Germany is used as a test environment. It features an ideal recreation of the perfectly imagined vacation paradise - a fake of an phantasmal image created by advertisements and staged beauty shots. Here, Jean Beaudrillard’s philosophical treatise ‚Simulacres et Simulation‘ seems more existent than ever. A sort of hyperreal copy were the original is unable to be located.

(2020)

[by Benjamin Unterluggauer, Joscha Brüning]