IN/Visible exhibition challenges AI’s perception of diversity

Senegalese NFT artist, Linda Dounia Rebeizwill present the ground-breaking online exhibition IN/Visible on 19 June via the ground-breaking platform Feral file. Her exhibition delves into artificial intelligence (AI) that does not present humans of color truly, and ventures into the depths of AI’s color recognition (or lack thereof) when generating individuals with different skin tones.

A sizable selection of ten black artists, including Rebeiz himself, embark on this innovative journey, diving deep into the weeds of AI platforms’ lack of diversity. All artists join together to challenge the false depictions through NFT artwork worth 0.55 ETH each.

In/Visible calls for AI diversity

Dounia’s NFT exploration, which began in 2021, paved the way for her revolutionary approach. First, by using these digital resources to present artwork drawn from her experiences as a woman growing up in Senegal – where she has witnessed the effects of globalization and environmental change first hand – she seamlessly integrated AI into her creative processes . Now she works with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) instructing them to use their own constructed data, pushing boundaries to challenge traditional artistic norms.

A controversial element she notices in AI systems when typing in terms like “Human,” AI platforms, including Midjourney and Dall-E, shape the results in favor of images portraying white men. Conversely, the results of AI-generated search terms for “Black person” show facial features and body parts incorrectly and are often distorted. Such output shows AI’s reliance on stereotypes, and presents limited understandings of the origins of black individuals.

The IN/Visible gallery is preparing to communicate these important challenges in a powerful way. Dounia’s artwork uses deliberate blurring techniques to override the AI’s erroneous results. Other participating artists, including Minnie Atairu and Serwah Attafuah, will showcase visually appealing works of clearly defined faces using expert lighting, which upon inspection reveals hair variations. On the other hand, Zoe Osborne uses filters to soften abnormalities, while filmmaker Jah embraces AI’s imperfections, using the technology to create surreal characters inspired by ancient Egyptian outfits and African masks.

Regardless of their differences, all thought-provoking creative pursuits are fundamental to Dounia’s need for change, and awareness of these matters is essential. She is aware that AI developers design interfaces, shape algorithms and use data to train these generative programs. therefore strongly believe that necessary changes can be made by addressing these biases.

By proactively combining efforts to create contextual references through art, the IN/Visible exhibition plays a crucial role in representing cultural diversity in the real world through revolutionary technology.

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