Skies Epitomized of War and Peace
Skies Epitomized of War and Peace is a series of artworks exploring the essence of the sky from the perspective of humans gazing at it. We have one sky, but the experiences are infinite. People have been turning their eyes towards the sky for meaning and guidance since prehistoric times. The piece investigates what does one see when gazing at the sky in peaceful parts of the world such as Iceland and New Zealand, and what does the sky look like in the most conflicted areas in the world such as Syria and Iraq?
For this, I used a machine learning algorithm created by Nebojsa Jojic to create epitomes of 5 skies that are representative of skies in most peaceful countries of the world, with the sky as it is seen in areas of conflict and unrest.
To build the epitome of a Syrian sky, for instance, they set the software to look at results for searches including "syria+sky+skies." The software looked at all of these images and suck in bits and pieces of them, using them as brushes to paint the "sky epitomized"—the epitome of what people associate with a Syrian sky.
Epitome Of The New Zealand Sky
Epitome Of The Iraqi Sky
Epitome Of The Syrian Sky
Epitome Of The Icelandic Sky
The lighting is programmed to change and create dynamic depiction of the epirimozed skies.