Visual artist and software engineer, Helena Sarin has always been working with cutting edge technologies, first at Bell Labs, designing commercial communication systems, and for the last couple years as an independent consultant, developing computer vision software using deep learning. While she has always worked in tech, she has moonlighted in the applied arts like fashion, food and drink styling and photography. But art and software ran as parallel tracks in her life. Save for the occasional foray into generative art with Processing and computational photography, all her art was analog... until she discovered GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks).

She found that working with generative models is not only challenging but above all exhilarating. With GANs, there is the adventure of new models and new datasets. There is an element of surprise, unlike with any other digital tool. There is a certain unpredictability that inspires, unblocks, and creates something special — something that goes far beyond Instagram/ Photoshop filters or ordinary style transfer. Recently she founded Neural Bricolage Studio to demystify, promote and display AI assisted artwork.

Her AI art was featured in several publications including recently in BBC Futures: The A-Z of how artificial intelligence is changing the world under I, i is for... imagination!

Session
Playing a Game of GANstruction

Accompanied by images, tips, quotes and puns, Helena will discuss her art making process to excite and inspire you about GAN-augmented art. In the age of BigGAN, neural art can still be personal and original, especially when generative models are trained on your own datasets.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5th • 10:00AM • McGUIRE THEATER