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Making of Knights Of The Apocalypse Gas Masks

Mickey Mouse Gas Mask

I have been working on training and producing the outputs of the gas mask training model for many years. It started in 2020 when I entered a South Korean AI art contest. The prompt was for something about “Faces”

My concept involved gas masks and clocks mixed together. These are two things with faces. I wanted to play with something that looked apocalyptic and had a concept of time. I gathered a few thousand images of found gas mask images and images of clocks.

But I also added some of my own images some of which I drew on some on paper with pen and then others with an oscilloscope by creating SVG files from hand drawn images.

Many thousands of curated images were used to train a SyleGAN 2 model on top of an existing public face model. The model takes a 2 to 8 hours to train itself.

When finished I looked through many thousands of images it generated to select interesting ones and used video generation software int Google Colab and Runway ML to create a latent walkthrough. This is where the software is used to move inside the matrix of the model through the placements of the pixels and colors and shapes to produce a morphing video.

These videos were enlarged and composted together for the AI art show. The art did not win the competition but in December 2021 it was selected for a special art exhibition in Paris with the Museum of Crypto Art called Crypto Art Revolution.

Five Knights of the Apocalypse

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