GAN generated images of tulips, connecting AI hype to tulip mania of 17th century Netherlands.
Mosaic Virus (2019) is a three screen video installation generated by an artificial intelligence of tulips, creating a Dutch still life for the twenty-first century. Over the course of a tulip season spent in Amsterdam, Ridler collected ten thousand tulips which she then photographed and hand classified for the dataset. Drawing historical parallels from the ‘tulip mania’ that swept across the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, the stripes on the tulips respond to the rise and fall of bitcoin prices, drawing a parallel to the hysteria and speculation around crypto-currencies today. This work is the first iteration of a larger project expressed in three different forms: Mosaic Virus (2019) and Mosaic Virus (2018) as video installations; Myriad (Tulips) (2018) as a dataset; and Bloemenveiling (2019) as a website.