Convergence 2017

Visual Arts

Carroll/Fletcher has partnered with Convergence to host the 2017 visual art programme. This will include “Render Search” by James Bridle, a public installation in the Great Eastern Wall Gallery for six weeks from 21st March 2017, and a free exhibition of "The European Classes" by Dutch artist Constant Dullaart, taking place from 21st - 25th March 2017 at Village Underground Gallery.

James Bridle
Render Search
Great Eastern Wall Gallery / 22 March - 3 April

Render Search is a public installation which continues James Bridle's search for the render ghosts: the pixelated people who appear in architectural visualisations. Collected from billboards worldwide, the render ghosts stand in for all of our digital identities and digital labours, at the moment when virtual power is reified in the built environment by vast networks of software and computation

Constant Dullaart
The European Classes
Great Eastern Bear Gallery / 22 - 25 March

As artificial intelligence progresses, so-called 'convolutional networks' (ConvNets) that can recognise objects within photographic images have become ubiquitous rapidly. Addressing the problematic cultural bias included in the databases with which these ConvNets are trained, Constant Dullaart has polemically retrained these image recognition networks to include specifically European artefacts, creating a new image dataset. He asks, 'How can Europe's diverse cultural output and undefinable identity be represented, and what should these networks' capacities be to recognize what is deemed European?' If we are currently training the automated eyes of the future, could we think of methonds to complement existing western oriented datasets, mostly compiled from scraping popular data of off social networks, by adding cultural specificity of other regions of the world? By illustrating the networks' ability to draw out the gestalt of the objects it was trained to recognise, Dullaart shows mechanised image interpretation's understanding of an insecure European identity in 2017.