David Young

"Winter Woods" is a framed limited edition print. It will also be available as a unique NFT, sold at a Reserved Auction beginning on March 26th. Please click here for details.

"Is it inevitable that only our largest organizations, with their vast data sets, will decide how we will use Artificial Intelligence? What if, instead, we could start small, to work at the scale of the personal, and to engage directly with AI? Could doing so allow us to develop new intuitions and understandings of what the technology is, and what it could enable? The machine, taught using a handful of photographs taken by the artist of the woods at his farm in Bovina, NY, generates these images using an AI machine learning technology (GAN). Crippled by the standards of "normal" AI, the machine struggles to understand. Nothing that emerges is accurate, but the work isn’t asking for accuracy - it’s asking for the machine to build its own unique and limited vision of the natural world. And while we know that there is not a human “intelligence” in the code, we still anthropomorphize." DY

David Young has spent his entire career at the leading edge of emerging technologies. Throughout all of his work – from projects at the dawn of the web using early supercomputers, to contemporary global innovation and artistic initiatives, Young has been a champion for new forms of creativity and expression enabled by technology. He has an MA in visual studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, and a BA in computer science from the University of California. He has taught at the Art Center College of Design, CA and Parsons School of Design, NY. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He lives and works in New York and Maine.