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IK Prize 2016: Recognition

2 September – 27 November 2016 at 10.00–17.00

 Left: Eunuchs apply make-up before Raksha Bandhan festival celebrations in a red light area in Mumbai, India, 17 August 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 

 


Right: Sir Peter Lely Two Ladies of the Lake Family c.1660, Tate

Can a machine make us look afresh at great art through the lens of today’s world?

Recognition, winner of IK Prize 2016 for digital innovation, is an artificial intelligence program that compares up-to-the-minute photojournalism with British art from the Tate collection. 

Visit the virtual gallery as it evolves online and help re-train the algorithm in an installation at Tate Britain. 

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Ohio, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Sir Stanley Spencer Self-Portrait 1914, Tate © Estate of Stanley Spencer

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Ohio, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


Sir Stanley Spencer Self-Portrait 1914, Tate © Estate of Stanley Spencer
Henry Scott Tuke August Blue 1893–4, Tate Holiday makers swim in the Bassin d’Arcachon as warm summer temperatures continue in Arcachon, southwestern France. Picture taken August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ragis Duvignau

Henry Scott Tuke August Blue 1893–4, Tate


Holiday makers swim in the Bassin d’Arcachon as warm summer temperatures continue in Arcachon, southwestern France. Picture taken August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ragis Duvignau

Meredith Frampton Portrait of Sir George Frampton 1925, Tate © Estate of Meredith Frampton REUTERS

Meredith Frampton Portrait of Sir George Frampton 1925, Tate © Estate of Meredith Frampton


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L.S. Lowry Industrial Landscape 1955, Tate © The estate of L.S. Lowry Construction takes place next to the Changi Airport control tower for Project Jewel in Singapore August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

L.S. Lowry Industrial Landscape 1955, Tate © The estate of L.S. Lowry


Construction takes place next to the Changi Airport control tower for Project Jewel in Singapore August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Over three months, Recognition will create an ever-expanding virtual gallery by searching through Tate’s collection of British art and archive material online, comparing artworks with news images from Reuters based on visual and thematic similarities twenty-four hours a day. Making unforeseen comparisons across history, geography and culture, the result will be a time capsule of the world represented in diverse types of images, past and present.

Recognition incorporates multiple artificial intelligence technologies, including computer vision capabilities such as object recognition, facial recognition, colour and composition analysis; and natural language processing of text associated with images, allowing it to analyse context and subject matter and produce written descriptions of image comparisons. 

The display at Tate Britain accompanies the online project offering visitors the chance to interrupt the machine’s selection process. The results of this experiment – to see if an artificial intelligence can learn from the many personal responses humans have when looking at images – will be presented on the virtual gallery site at the end of the project.

IK Prize 2016

The IK Prize is presented annually by Tate for an idea that uses digital technology to innovate the way we discover, explore and enjoy British art in the Tate collection.

The 2016 IK Prize, in partnership with Microsoft, challenged digital creatives to use artificial intelligence to explore, investigate or ‘understand’ British art in the Tate collection. Selected as the winner for Recognition, Fabrica received a £15,000 prize, £90,000 production budget and support from Tate and Microsoft. Fabrica collaborated with artificial intelligence specialists and web developers Jolibrain to turn their idea into reality.

Fabrica

Fabrica is a communication research centre based in Treviso, Italy, part of the Benetton Group. Established in 1994, Fabrica offers to young researchers from around the world a one-year scholarship within disciplines such as design, visual communication, photography, interaction, video, music and journalism.

JoliBrain

JoliBrain are artificial intelligence specialists based in Toulouse, France. JoliBrain is the editor of the DeepDetect deep learning API and server used in a variety of industries. JoliBrain are experts across the field of A.I. and its applications in a range of industries, from image recognition to NLP applications and cyber security.

Disclaimer

Recognition is an autonomously operating software programme. All reasonable steps have been taken to prevent publication of challenging, offensive or infringing content and Tate will be monitoring the project’s progress closely. Comparisons between artistic works and other material are made by the software programme and are for the purpose of stimulating debate about art, expression and representation. Tate invites online discussion about these comparisons and encourages users to treat copyright material appropriately according to their local law. 

If you would like to contact Tate regarding content produced by Recognition, email recognition@tate.org.uk

IK Prize in partnership with Microsoft. 2016 winning project Recognition created by Fabrica and JoliBrain. Content Provider: Reuters.

Venue

Archive Gallery

Online and at Tate Britain

Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
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Dates

2 September – 27 November 2016 at 10.00–17.00

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