Kyle McDonald is an artist working in the open with code and building tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative and subversive ways.
Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He is a contributor to open source arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and builds tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways.
McDonald has a habit of sharing ideas and projects in public before they're completed. He creatively subverts networked communication and computation, explores glitch and systemic bias, and extends these concepts to reversal of everything from identity to relationships. Kyle has been an adjunct professor at NYU's ITP, and a member of F.A.T. Lab, community manager for openFrameworks, and artist in residence at STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, as well as YCAM in Japan. His work is commissioned by and shown at exhibitions and festivals around the world, including: NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Sonar/OFFF, Eyebeam, Anyang Public Art Project, Cinekid, CLICK Festival, NODE Festival, and many others. He frequently leads workshops exploring computer vision and interaction.
Selected AI Artworks:
Discrete Figures [Performance]
Five live female dancers execute choreography with machine learning technology on a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones, and Artificial Intelligence. The piece is a quest for a new palette of movement to foster undiscovered modes of expressive dance, transcending conventional human subjectivity and emotional expression.
MWITM (Man / Woman In The Middle)
In MWITM, artists Kyle McDonald and Lauren McCarthy simulate a virtual attack where the attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communication between two parties who believe they are directly communicating with each other.
NSynth Super is part of an ongoing experiment by Magenta: a research project within Google that explores how machine learning tools can help artists create art and music in new ways.
Augmented Hand Series
Augmented Hand Series is real-time interactive software system that presents playful, dreamlike, and uncanny transformations of its visitors' hands
How to recognize fake AI-generated images [Article]
General Adversarial Networks (GANs) are able to generate increasingly realistic fake faces, which has huge implications on the ability to easily create fake news/propaganda. McDonald’s visual guide shows you how to spot a fake generated by AI.
McDonald’s Residencies, Lectures, and Workshops:
2016 Machine learning residency at Rhizomatiks. Tokyo, Japan
2016 Computer vision workshop at Stereolux Lab. Nantes, France
2016 Weird Intelligence closing keynote at Eyeo Festival. Minneapolis, USA
2016 Weird Intelligence at Creativities Unfold. Bangkok, Thailand
2014 Spotify Media artist in residence. Manhattan, New York
2014 Hacking Surveillance Culture panel with Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Adam Harvey, Colin Nagy at SXSW. Austin, Texas
2014 Social Hacking workshop at GAFFTA with Lauren McCarthy
McDonald’s Selected Exhibitions:
2017 Light Leaks at BLACK Festival, NYC, USA
2017 Exhausting a Crowd at Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham, UK
2016 Exhausting a Crowd at VI Biennial of Contemporary Art by ONCE Foundation, Madrid, Spain
2016 Wifi Whisperer at IDFA DocLab, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2016 Sharing Faces at Wild Bunch Festival, Yamaguchi, Japan
2016 How We Act Together at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
2016 Social Soul at Onassis Cultural Center. Athens, Greece
2015 Light Leaks at Scopitone Festival. Nantes, France
2015 Exhausting a Crowd for Victoria & Albert Museum. London, UK
2015 Highsight at STRP Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2014 Untitled Digital Art (Augmented Hand Series) with Golan Levin and Chris Sugrue at Cinekid Festival. Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014 Liberator Variations: The Englishman in Like Jacking F.A.T. Lab show. Aix-en-Provence, France
2013 F.A.T. Gold: Five Years of Notorious R&D. Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York City
2013 Blind Self Portrait at FITC. Toronto, Canada
McDonald’s Selected Press:
2016 Meaningful Interactions, Schirn Mag
2016 The Thrill of Terrapattern, A New Way to Search Satellite Imagery, The Atlantic
2016 Meet Terrapattern, Google Earth’s Missing Search Engine, New Yorker
2015 The Augmented Hand Series — Playful, dreamlike, and uncanny, Creative Applications
2015 An Addictive Experiment in Annotating Footage from a London Street, Hyperallergic
Learn more about Kyle McDonald:
McDonald’s website: https://kylemcdonald.net/
McDonald’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/kcimc
McDonald’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kcimc/
McDonald’s GitHub: https://github.com/kylemcdonald/kylemcdonald.net/wiki/cv