COUNTING CRATERS ON THE MOON 2019

multimedia installation, drawings, dual-channel video, DeepMoon dataset, archival material, CNC marble sculpture, digital print on textile


Installation view at Aksioma, Institute of Contemporary Art, October 2019


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In March 2018 a convolutional neural network called DeepMoon detected 7,000 lunar craters in less than 24 hours. The second director of the National Observatory of Athens, Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt (1858-1884), identified over 34 years, about 30,000 craters, and designed the most comprehensive map of the moon. Counting Craters on the Moon has as its core an imaginary conversation between the algorithm and Schmidt. Their conversation touches on questions about companionship, cats, future, errors, but also on human and machine interaction and machine vs human learning and vision. What happens when DeepMoon sees Schmidt's map?

Watch my talk and read the curatorial text by Daphne Dragona written for the occassion of the solo show Counting Craters on the Moon at Aksioma, Institute of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Exhibited
@ Aksioma, Institute of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2019
@ National Observatory of Athens , June 2018