GOLUPPUU utilizes new artificial intelligence technologies as a creative collaborator to investigate their capabilities and limitations. Goluppuu prompts text-to-image generators such as DALL-E with existentialist language and intentionally fragmented grammar in an attempt to create a disruption that elicits a glitch or image that the artist has never seen before. Goluppuu iterates the same unintelligible prompt thousands of times across platforms such as Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, observing how different training data shapes each AI’s output. This process guides the AIs to produce images that feel simultaneously familiar and alien, nostalgic yet innovative. Goluppuu curates the thousands of results, selecting those that have a certain unfamiliar, alien-like aesthetic, and uploads them into Photoshop.
In Photoshop, Goluppuu employs additive and subtractive techniques to refine the machine-generated images before screen printing a four-color base layer. Goluppuu then continues working on the physical painting with oil paint and airbrush techniques. Once the painting is near completion, Goluppuu takes a photograph of the painting, uploads it back into Photoshop for another round of digital edits. The new altered digital image is then used as reference to make changes on the physical painting.
This back and forth process from the digital to the physical and back to digital is a feedback loop much like the way we exist in the digital age. Our physical selves are informed by our digital selves and vice versa, and the two are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish. Goluppuu’s cyclical process serves as a metaphor for the digital age’s permeation of human existence and the increasingly blurred lines between physical and virtual identity. Goluppuu leverages AI as both a creative tool and a conceptual means to explore existential questions of agency and free will in an age of machine intelligence.