Inverted Machine

Inverted Machine
A contrived and provoking method to reflect on the AI possibilities, providing the machine with something that resembles the vision of an artwork.

Guendalina Ballerini
Pistoia, Italy
Team members
Guendalina Ballerini
Field of work
Architecture, Design, Curating, Research
Project category
Raising awareness
Project submitted

Guendalina Ballerini is an architect who built up her experience in London and various Italian offices. As a freelancer, she is now focused on exploring social dynamics related to physical spaces. She is recently delving into exhibition and curatorial design.

Can a work of art, born from a flourishing mind and a poetic vision of reality, be replaceable?
Can an innovative building, designed within a specific historical context to respond to the needs of its time, be replaceable?
Can an idea also be replaceable?

Breakthrough moments are the result of experiences and ideas that artists, thinkers, technicians, and philosophers manage to channel into practice at a specific moment.
The artistic process is composed of an infinite series of syntheses that the artist undertakes, more or less consciously, and that then become part of the common cultural heritage.
The project aims to celebrate the uniqueness that drives a mind to generate "art" in the broadest sense of the term at a specific moment. It can be said that an artist is defined as such if they have a vision and a manual ability. But what happens if the idea is taken over by the best and most performative craftsmanship we have today: the machine?

"Inverted machine" is a reverse and "incorrect" methodology used to draw attention to the use of artificial intelligence. It involves taking a work of art universally recognized as such and deconstructing it objectively, seeking to identify its style, function, and meaning. Subsequently, this description is provided to a software capable of generating images, and the two works are compared, probing the interplay between human creativity and the capabilities of artificial intelligence.

As we venture into this realm of possibilities in which our attention is increasingly captivated by the image rather than its meaning, we should all decide how much power each of us wants to give to the machine.