by Kristina Tica (RS)
FUTUREFALSEPOSITIVE is based on StyleGAN and object recognition algorithms applied to the ritual of Turkish coffee mug reading. 15,000 real-life and generated images are morphing into an animation and train the algorithm to recognize objects out of the random shapes created by the coffee stains and generated noise. The algorithm performs this continuous object recognition process in real time — reading the mug — while producing new visual narratives in a loop. In this process the relation between false positives in computer vision and psychological phenomena of pareidolia and apophenia was established. The interplay between prediction as a false positive and prophecy as apophenia — the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between seemingly unrelated things — does not only focus on absurdity but on possibilities of creative interpretation when trying to understand the technical processes behind it.