Hell Diffuse

Hell Diffuse is a series of AI-generated imagery that synthesizes religion and technology. But the picture is complicated. The tech looks obsolete while the divine looks to the future. Eschatology studies the end times and final events in world history and human destiny. It could be Maitreya or the technological singularity. Either that or we’re stuck in hell on earth.

Hell Diffuse

What does an artificial intelligence imagine in a shrine? In the afterlife or purgatory? It conjures boddhisattvas and demons using laptops. It hallucinates nuclear weapons and space vehicles, UFOs and CRTs, robots and monsters. It envisions deities with virtual reality headsets and immolated figures in smoke and fire. The future Buddha sits in an empty lot with a dilapidated globe.

Hell Diffuse

This AI was fine-tuned on Yao Jui-Chung’s instant film and flash photography of Buddhist and Taoist religious art, including depictions of heaven and hell. These images have one pole floating in the fantasy world and another grounded in photo-realism. As temples are already sites of artifice, the image generation model can be absolved of its errors.

Treasure Hill Light Festival

A single-channel video of Hell Diffuse is part of the exhibition Night Dream: Treasure Hill Light Festival from 23 March to 5 June 2024.


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Category: Machine Learning

Christopher Adams is an artist and computer programmer based in Taipei.

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