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I’m not Garrett Lynch IRL – DoppelGANger Portraits

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I’m not Garrett Lynch IRL – DoppelGANger Portraits is a series of twenty-five neural network and generative adversarial network (GAN) portraits.

The series takes advantage of multimodal neuron behaviour within neural networks that allow the ability to respond to clusters of abstract concepts presented as photographs, sketches or text. Employing the text prompt “I’m not Garrett Lynch IRL” to generate each portrait, the artist’s name is recognised by a neural network as being male but is not absolutely matched with visual depictions of the artist. The neural network then instructs a GAN to generate what it is certain of, to create portraits of a male, and as a fallback to render the artist’s name, wholly or in part, as text within the portraits. The resulting portraits, imagined and created as a result of artificial intelligence networks, are depictions of ‘virtual’ beings originated in a ‘virtual’ space. They are the Other, numerous Others, not the artist Garrett Lynch IRL (either Irish or in real life) yet each is labelled with the artist’s name suggesting all at once an ambiguous relationship to him that lies somewhere between avatar, clone, offspring and doppelganger.

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