July 29, 2019

AI artist to be featured in Purdue’s Ringel Gallery

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Galleries will be exhibiting work by artist Anna Ridler in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center.  This exhibition, titled “Dreaming, Automated: Deep Learning, Data Sets, and Decay,” will open Aug. 19 and will run through Sept. 27, with a reception and comments by the artist in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who lives and works in London. In her work, Ridler explores collections of information or data to create new and unusual narratives in a variety of media, and is researching how new technologies, such as machine learning, can be translated to an audience. Ridler has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University, and University of Arts London, and has shown at a variety of museums and cultural institutions including the Tate Modern, the V and A, Arts Electronica, the Barbican, and Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence. She is a recipient of this year's European Media Art Program and the winner of the 2018-19 Dare Art Prize. Her work can be viewed at http://annaridler.com/.

In a recent interview with Fast Company magazine, her piece “Mosaic Virus” was described as “the result of a machine learning algorithm that the artist trained with 10,000 images of tulips – each of which she collected, photographed, and categorized over the course of one tulip season in the Netherlands.” The piece explores the relationship between bitcoin and the historic Tulipmania of the Netherlands in the 17th century and will be on display for this exhibition along with other selected works.

This exhibition is part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial campaign, which is a series of events that connect world-renowned speakers and Purdue expertise in a conversation on the most critical problems facing the world. This exhibition is part of the Purdue 2050: Conference of the Future, and it is also supported by the College of Liberal Arts and the Data Mine.

Ringel Gallery is located in Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, and is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. For class and group visits, contact Erika Kvam at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/galleries or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Purdue News Service: Joe Paul, 765-494-9541, paul102@purdue.edu

Source: Erika Kvam, Visitor Services & Program Coordinator for Purdue Galleries, 765-494-3061, ekvam@purdue.edu

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