The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to present Artificial Botany, an ongoing project by fuse* exploring the latent expressive capacity of botanical illustrations through the use of machine learning algorithms. Exhibiting in the spaces of IIC @INNOVIT in San Francisco from May 11th to September 1st, 2023, the show offers a comprehensive look on the series and includes, between others, images based on the illustrations of Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi and the latest and still unreleased series generated from artificial illustrations, highlighting the potential infinite loop of generating artificial illustrations from synthetic, botanical artifacts. Emphasizing the contrasts and similarities of the generated outputs, the exhibited series crystallize the brief moments of transitions between one botanical form and another, translating on paper the multidimensional space of the neural network.
Founded in 2007, fuse* is an Italian multidisciplinary art studio that investigates the expressive possibilities of digital technologies, aiming to interpret the complexity of human, social and natural phenomena. Since its origins, the studio’s research has had as its primary objective the creation of multimedia installations and performances, produced with the goal of exploring the boundaries between different disciplines in pursuit of new connections between light, space, sound and movement. Over the years, fuse* has presented its works and productions internationally in art institutions and festivals including Mutek, TodaysArt, Sónart, Artechouse, STRP Biennial, RomaEuropa, Kikk, Scopitone, Hong Kong Design Institute, National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, National Taichung Theatre, Marignana Arte and Palazzo Cipolla.
The documentary exhibition can be viewed at the time of our events and by appointment, MON-FRI, 10 AM-4:30 PM