Title：Q’s Views #1-#3
Q’s Views #1-#3 are part of an ongoing series of digital still images that aim to provide a visual experience of the unbridgeable gap between believers and non-believers of conspiracy theories in today’s surreal socio-political situations in the post-truth world, through hybrid image portraits synthesized from AI-generated “fake” images of Hillary Clinton.
Hybrid image is a technique for creating an image that is perceived as one image from afar, but as another image up close, using an optical illusion based on the way the human visual system performs multi-scale processing of images.
For each work, we use generative AI to create a normal portrait of Hillary Clinton and then transform it into a grotesque variant based on conspiracy theories. These images are then synthesized into a hybrid image to embed an optical illusion in which a normal portrait of her suddenly transforms into a grotesque variant when the viewer approaches.
Therefore, as viewers come closer beyond the threshold of visual perception of the hybrid image, the artwork triggers a sudden realization that conspiracy theorists perceive Hillary Clinton as an entirely different person, thus accentuating the insurmountable divergence in perceived realities between believers and non-believers of conspiracy theories. It is important to acknowledge that even the “normal” portraits themselves are AI-generated fabrications, rendering them as fake images devoid of authenticity. In this work, nothing is genuine, and everything is deliberately fabricated.
Thus, as artworks of visual sarcasm, Q’s Views #1-#3 refer to our post-truth era, where facts and reality must be all questioned, as generative AIs are used to produce high-fidelity images for fake news and propaganda today, significantly enhancing alienation and division in perceived realities in the same world that we share.
Hiroki Nishino received his Ph.D. in Integrative Sciences and Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014, with a thesis focused on designing and developing programming languages for creative coding. Prior to transferring to NUS, he studied the DXArts Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, Seattle for two years. He has a diverse research background, including digital arts, computer music, augmented reality, and interaction design. Currently, he serves as an associate professor at Kochi University of Technology in Japan. His research and artwork have been presented at various international conferences and festivals and have received international awards.