Tate IK Prize 2016

RECOGNITION by Fabrica is in the shortlist at the IK Prize, an award by Tate to celebrate digital creativity in all its forms. Awarded annually for an idea that proposes an innovative application of digital technology, the winning project will enable the public to experience art on display at Tate Britain and on the Tate website in exciting new ways.
The successful individual or organization receives a £15,000 prize plus a further £90,000 to turn their idea into a reality. The IK Prize 2016 is in partnership with Microsoft.

How will Artificial Intelligence enable you to explore British art at Tate this summer? Fabrica’s team, composed by Angelo Semeraro (Italy), Coralie Gourguechon (France) and Monica Lanaro (Italy) answered the question with RECOGNITION, an ever evolving online exhibition finding recurrences between past artworks and actual news.

In the age of 24-hour news and social media, we have access to more information about the world than ever before. Daily, we are bombarded by images taken in far-away places showing events unfolding almost in real-time. Some of these images go viral, become memes, and even give meaning to the events they represent. Imagine a smart machine that could learn to ‘read’ the ever-increasing digital archive that is the internet, learning to analyse millions of photographic images in terms of composition, colour, style and even content. What if this image-hungry ‘brain’ could also learn to ‘understand’ great artworks? Would it find interesting correspondences between our virtual present and our visual past? Do the ubiquitous images that fill our screens today bear any relation to the ways artists interpreted the world in art? Do they have similar aesthetic qualities; have similar subjects been represented in surprisingly similar ways? RECOGNITION, a machine-archivist fuelled by the power of AI, will continually search for meaningful comparisons between great works of British art and images of current events, presenting to the public an ever-expanding digital archive of 500 years of British art as it relates to our ever-changing present.

“We’re all incredibly thrilled that our proposal has been shortlisted for the IK Prize. Fabrica was set-up to explore human communication through design and technology, so the opportunity do so with art and AI is very exciting”, has declared the Fabrica team.

About the authors

Angelo Semeraro
Born in 1985 in Southern Italy, Angelo studied Computer Science at the University of Bologna and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Now based at Fabrica, he comfortably finds himself working at the intersection of different disciplines. His projects include interactive installations and mobile applications experimenting with the perception of sounds and spaces, and the boundary between physical and digital. His work is defined through technology, but tends not to let technology define his work.

Coralie Gourguechon
Coralie Gourguechon is a designer of objects and experiences, with a focus on tools and systems. She’s interested in the representation of technology, that she de-constructs and simplifies, both on the physical and semantic level.
Her work around electronic and digital devices aims to bring transparency to these black boxes, through making their inner workings and conception process more accessible.
Working with an interdisciplinary approach, she tries to understand and communicate about our relationships with technologies.
She currently works as an Interaction designer at Fabrica.

Monica Lanaro
Born in Vicenza in 1989, Monica studied Arts Management at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and at Université de la Bretagne Occidentale in Quimper (France).
She worked in the organizing secretariat office of the Dedalo Minosse Prize for commissioning a building in Vicenza, later for Festivaletteratura in Mantova and Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She currently works as project manager at Fabrica.