ciel = terre is an online AI artwork dealing with human myths on machine learning for creativity.
In terre, the spectator is virtually put inside a cube, whose six faces successively display experimental music videos. Interactivity, often erected as an innovative feature of AI, is brought back to the physical experiences of classical audiovisual media: staring at a movie screen, or moving by the acoustics of an architectural space.
In ciel, the spectator is presented with an oval map, whose surface continually streams new, machine learning-generated, audiovisual media. The modern myth of unlimited mass production is sublimed by the automation, stardardization, and anonymization of media creation enabled by state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms.
Intimate audiovisual data, archived with my Blackberry camera between 2011 and 2018, served as material for composition in terre, as well as for training and generation in ciel. The power of machine learning technology to harm or sustain human creative cultures is = to the personal myths, dreams and beliefs of the living beings who appropriate it.