«GANscope series» initiated in 2020, is a series of machine-generated visual forms created with various parameters mimicking a human perceived life form. In this series, Sheri explores the human visual language of life & biosemiotics, adjusting ever so slightly each image to produce results that fit at the intersection of aesthetic, real and synthetic. After working with a variety of microscopes and lenses, Sheri was intrigued by machine learning in tweaking micro and macro perspectives that give life forms their humanly perceived quality - light, form, material, boundaries etc. In these machine-produced-human-curated sketches, Sheri ponders through making: what do humans associate culturally & technically with real and synthetic, micro and macro, organism and their classified boundaries? How might an algorithm document life? Can a set of protocols extend visual language and representation? And finally ML’s role as a tool for surveying unknowns.
«GANscope», derived from Generative Adversarial Networks and Micro/Tele-Scope is an ongoing exploration of the notebooks Sheri creates in her creative studies on ecology, science and technology