Here's How AI Curates Artwork

September 20, 2016 Meg Miller of Fast Company

Curating art can be so, well, artsy. 

It comes down to the very subjective opinions and tastes of one person. What makes sense to that one person may not be the same for everyone and more often than not elicits reactions such as "well I could have done that." 

But what if you had a better way to curate that removes all of that, including the human being, from the equation? You have artificial intelligence. 

The Tate Collection has been using AI software known as Recognition to create galleries that bring old pieces out of their vaults, while strategically pairing them with new photos of current events from Reuters. By matching visual and thematic similarities between the older pieces of art and the newer photographs, Recognition is combining the subjective with the objective.

As AI, robots, AR and other technological developments continue to edge their way into typically human spheres, we have simplifying processes. We have experimentation with the norm and challenges to the daily semantics. 

You could sum this up in one word: disruption. 

Is it a good thing in this case? Who knows. It's definitely changing the game and proving the importance of making experiential connections at the neurological level. How far will it go?

Get to know Recognition below, with Fast Company's guide to the future of art curation. 

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