dechoes – LookingOutwards-1

Uncanny Rd. – Drawing tool to interactively synthesise street images

Uncanny Road is a drawing tool created by Anastasis Germanidis and Cristobal Valenzuela, as a way to generate new interactions between humans and machines. Their tool uses GANs to generate new Google maps images drawn by the user. The images that are produced are beautiful, poetic, and as the title indicates, uncanny. To me, this project represents the infinite possible for creation when open to experimentation and unconventional tools. One issue I found with Uncanny Road, is the lack of control that the user asserts on the tool, however than can lead to unpredictably delightful images as well. Unfortunately, this project is still just a tool and might need to be taken further in order to be called an art piece.


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