Generic Landscape, Polar Night
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In the series "Generic Landscapes", the Norwegian artist Trygve Skogrand takes as a starting point his thousands of own photographs of nature, cities and weather. After sorting them on subject matters and visual similarity, the photos are fed into an ai-algorithm to investigate the statistical common denominators of the photos: Colours, angles, textures, composition. The algorithm generates large series of new images based on these common visual elements. The resulting images are then curated and put together into video loops, where the landscape develops and re-invents itself before our eyes, creating a meditative look into a synthetic, generic landscape that mimics the essence of the artist's aesthetics in composing the original photos, the essence of just this landscape, the essence of just this natural phenomena.
Trygve Skogrand (b. 1967) lives and works in Asenfjord, Norway. After originally educating as a Civil Engineer, he has been working as an artist using computers as his artistic tool since the late 1990s. Skogrand's works have been exhibited in Oslo, Trondheim, Malmö, London, Edinburgh and Berlin, and been published as several art books.