Mosaic Virus (work in progress)

Drawing historical parallels from “tulip-mania” that swept across Netherlands/Europe in the 1630s to the speculation currently ongoing around crypto-currencies, this video work is generated by an artificial intelligence (AI). It 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.

Work in Progress: training a DCGAN on the handcrafted dataset of tulips I have created (RGB colours transposed; made with around a fifth of overall dataset)

Funded by the EMAP/EMARE programme  and commissioned by Impakt Festival