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BMW ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
LEWIS BUSH

WAYS OF SEEING ALGORITHMICALLY, JOHN BERGER RELOADED

Lewis Bush, winner of the BMW Residency, explores the ways in which artificial intelligence sees and understand the world. His work updates the ideas of John Berger, the British author and art critic behind the BBC’s 1972 television program Ways of Seeing, and the book of the same name, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Since that time, the regime of the image has changed, with the rise of machines able to interpret images promising to profoundly change our relationship to sight and images. Bush’s response has been to devise an augmented reality web app which questions the neutrality of these seeing machines. Using a simple form of artificial intelligence, the app virtually adds new images over the pages of the original book, telling us a new story.


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Artistic director: François Cheval.
Virtual tour from July 10 produced by BMW Art & Culture with support from GOBELINS, the image school.
Ways of Seeing Algorithmically is co-published by BMW Art & Culture and éditions Trocadéro.