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UAE Uses AI to Demonstrate Ancient Civilization Data in Digital Art

UAE Uses AI to Demonstrate Ancient Civilization Data in Digital Art

Tuesday, 2 March, 2021 - 06:30
General view of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

ICD Brookfield Place proudly unveiled DATAMONOLITH_AI, an innovative, digital artwork conceived by the new media studio, Ouchhh. The piece is seen as a creative collaboration between machines and humans.

DATAMONOLITH_AI is a representation of some of the world's oldest available data from the Middle East in the form of a digital sculpture hosted by Dubai. It is a cultural convergence of ancient and contemporary cultures, and it was exhibited across the globe in major metropolitan cities such as New York, London, Taipei, Tokyo and Barcelona.

To create this piece, the studio used data from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (9600–7000 BC) processed through a series of algorithms and powered by artificial intelligence.

This data is represented on four LED panels comprised of three billion pixels. Images collected from one of the world's oldest archaeological sites, located in Göbekli Tepe in south-eastern Anatolia, are translated into illuminations on a monumental obelisk, creating an ever-changing display that translates still images into a living sculpture.

The public art installation will be on display at ICD Brookfield Place until 23rd March 2021.

"Ouchhh discovers the hybrid spaces of the virtual and physical worlds as a combined environment that redefines the future of art in 21st century with DATAMONOLITH_AI. Ouchhh's main goal is not just to create an iconic landmark but also to create a data-driven public artwork to inspire and create a sense of marvel to everyone who experiences it. Data as paint, algorithm as a brush," said Ferdi Alici of Ouchhh.

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