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Mike Tyka

Mike Tyka is an artist, researcher and Google engineer whose work and creative exploration of DeepDream helped popularize artificial neural networks as an artistic medium.

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Since 2015, Mike Tyka has worked with artificial neural networks as an artistic medium and tool. He created some of the first large-scale artworks using Iterative DeepDream and collaborated with Refik Anadol to create a pioneering immersive projection installations called Archive Dreaming. His latest generative portraits series "Portraits of Imaginary People" has been shown at ARS Electronica in Linz, at the New Museum in Karuizawa (Japan) and at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Selected artworks using AI:

1. Portraits of Imaginary People

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“I see you.” Archival print, 20"x20" 2017. The series, titled "Portraits of Imaginary People" explores the latent space of human faces by training a neural network to imagine and then depict portraits of people who don’t exist. 

2. AI: Deepdream

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“Inceptionism: Cities”. Neural net, digital. 2015.

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“Castles In The Sky With Diamonds”. Neural net, Archival print, 60"x48". 2016.

Tyka on using artificial intelligence:

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Mike Tyka studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics in 2007 and went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Washington and has been studying the structure and dynamics of protein molecules. In particular, he has been interested in protein folding and has been writing computer simulation software to better understand this fascinating process. Protein folding is the way our genetic code is interpreted from an abstract sequence of data into the functional enzymes and nano machines that drive our bodies. Mike currently works on machine learning at Google in Seattle.

Mike became involved in creating sculpture and art in 2009 when he helped design and construct Groovik's Cube, a 35ft tall, functional, multi-player Rubik"s cube. Since then he co-founded ALTSpace, a shared art studio in Seattle, and started creating sculptures of protein molecules. He hopes to capture some of the hidden beauty of these amazing nanomachines, make it accessible to the general public, and maybe act as inspiration for those who want to learn more about the biochemistry that make life possible.

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