Permanent for a while (2019)

I designed two augmented reality installations for the exhibition Orphaned Images at Norrköping City Museum. The exhibition is curated by Konstantin Economou and addresses old pictures and films found in flea markets and currently live on without owners. The installations use AI-generated images from Phillip Wang’s website This Person Does Not Exist and display these synthetised human portraits in old slide projectors. The work proposes them as today’s orphaned digital images and invites us to reflect on what images, faces, bodies, authenticity and physicality mean to us.

We would like to thank Phillip Wang for his collaboration and generosity. We collected the AI-generated images from his website: https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/.

The technique, StyleGAN, Phillip used to generate these images was developed by Nvidia
(TM) researchers Tero Karras, Samuli Laine, and Timo Aila. Link to the paper:
https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.04948 .

We used Unity ( https://unity3d.com ) and the Vuforia Engine
( https://engine.vuforia.com/engine ) to implement the installations.

To generate the augmented reality markers we used the utility ARMaker created by Shawn
Lehner: https://shawnlehner.github.io/ARMaker/ .

Exhibition texts
Permanent for a while – Slide Projector
Permanent for a while – Light table

Video

Permanent for a while (2019) from Ahmet Borutecene on Vimeo.

Images