Mark Hirsch // Natural Machine Landscapes


real

synthetic

Natural Machine Landscapes is a speculative design and sculpture project that leverages Artificial Intelligence to imagine synthetic landscapes. A large corpus of landscape terrain data was scraped from the internet with custom software and used as training data for a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) that I implemented. Once trained, the GAN produced novel, synthetic elevation maps in the style of the original data. Selections from these synthetic images are then 3D printed to produce sculptural representations of the Natural Machine Landscapes.
The imagined landscapes provide a point of reflection on the future of technology’s interactions with reality and the implications of synthetic experience in a world where the boundaries between the virtual and the physical continue to blur.