All we'd ever need is one another (trio)

Adam Basanta

All We'd Ever Need Is One Another (trio)

Adam Basanta 2019

3 flat bed scanners, 4 networked PC computers, large format printer, office supplies, office light, inkjet prints, website, twitter, instagram.

All We'd Ever Need is One Another (trio) is a mixed-media installation which creates images autonomously through self-generating techniques: a continuously running “art-factory” operating independently of human input.

The installation self-generates images using three flatbed scanners laying on their side, with scanning surfaces pointing towards one another. A computer script creates automatic mouse movements, randomizing the settings of the proprietary scanning software interface, and beginning a scanning process.

Each newly created image is then analyzed by a series of deep-learning algorithms trained on a database of contemporary artworks in economic and institutional circulation. When an image matches an existing artwork beyond an 80% match, it uploads it to this website and a twitter account.

Playing on notions of technological automatization, the agency of objects, cultural consumption, and the economics of artistic production, the installation acts as a golem-like assemblage, continuously and mindlessly self-producing without regard for human spectators.

“These images I describe are created by two desktop scanners directed at each other, reading the way light hits the glass on their counterpart, the way light emanates from one to the other. The two scanners are fixed one in front of the other, but movement is built into them and reflected on them. They mirror the light conditions in the room where they are set: when you see an abstract pictogram, you could be looking at the moon. Or at the strip of light in one of the scanners. They make landscapes that meld the site and the tool." – Orit Gat, excerpt from Night Shift, a commissioned exhibition text.

Continuing from the original work All We'd Ever Need Is One Another (2018, now part of the Permanent Collection of the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal), the Trio version expands the scale and scope of the work, creating a larger variety of randomly-generated images and comparing them to an expanded institutional and commercial database. While the original version relates strongly to the practice of Modernist paintings, Trio extends itself in reference to an equally large body of work in the realm of experimental photography.

Production Credits

Computer Vision & Machine Learning Development
Greg Sadetsky http://greg.technology
GUI Programming
Nicholas Estherer
Web implementation and additional programming
Conan Lai
Tim Powell

All images presented in connection with the artistic work All We'd Ever Need Is One Another by the artist Adam Basanta ( the “Artist”) are original works created by self-generative computer software.

All copyrights, trademarks, names, artistic works or titles thereof, images or titles thereof, used in image titles are for reference only and are a product of computerized similarity comparison algorithm which analyzes the generated images against a publicly available database of commercial artworks.

All copyrights, trademarks, names, artistic works or titles thereof, images or titles thereof, referred to in image titles are the property of the respective owners of the such rights.

No endorsement, association or license exists, whether expressed or implied, or has been granted between the Artist and the original artists and art works.