Start Date
22 February -  
End Date
28 February 2021
Tom White
Main Image
Artwork from Ants exhibition by Tom White
Opening Hours
Artist Talk Saturday at 2.00pm
Tuesday, noon - 4.00pm
Wednesday & Thursday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Friday & Saturday, noon - 8.00pm
Sunday, 11.00am - 5.00pm

Ants are small insects - generally a nuisance for people and usually seen working together in groups. But divorced from their usual context, how do machine learning algorithms recognise ants as objects? By studying datasets of thousands of photos of ants, modern AI algorithms are able to capture their visual essence in ways that are meaningful to other machines. This exhibition presents abstract paintings of ants drawn by intelligent algorithms. These algorithms were allowed to express themselves visually so that we can appreciate their own unique way of seeing the world.

In order to draw a machine must first learn to see. New Zealand artist Tom White has given machines the ability to create abstract physical paintings representing their own inner worlds. Abstract representations created by neural networks evoke specific responses from other computer vision systems which suggest the paintings represent specific real world objects.