#3 Art Tripping... Pareidoliais
Jan 18, 2017
"Portrait of a Masked Woman"
Do you see someone in this seemingly abstract painting filled with content???
Wikipedia has something to say about this…
Pareidolia (/pærᵻˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists.
Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the man in the moon, the moon rabbit, and hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds.
In his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci wrote of pareidolia as a device for painters, writing, "if you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms."
DeepDream is a computer vision program created by Google which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia, thus creating a dreamlike hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images. Google's program popularized the term (deep) "dreaming" to refer to the generation of images that desired activations in a trained deep network, and the term now refers to a collection of related approaches.
Here is a really cool.... Example of Deep Dreaming processing image transformation: