Start of Flamboyant Flowers App
In 2016 Flamboyant co-founder Nicolas Mériel started the Flamboyant Flowers project. Operating in Switzerland, Germany and Barcelona, Flamboyant Flowers started as an anti-app art project following the Time Well Spend manifest by Tristan Harris. The single-feature app shows a Flamboyant Flower every day on the lockscreen of an Android smartphone. The app was released on the 11th of September 2016. Unfortunately, the app has been removed by Google due to some compliance issue. A new version has been released in April 2019 and can be downloaded in the Google Play Store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.flamboyant ...
Flamboyant Flowers takes its name from the iconic Pet Shop Boys song "Flamboyant" and is inspired by botanical photographic pioneer Karl Blossfeldt, snowflakes photographer Wilson Bentley as well as textile designers William Kilburn, William Morris and Walter Crane. Further inspiration can be found in the Japanese florist-artist Makoto Azuma, the Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar as well as Andy Warhol…
All photographs are taken with a macro lens in one of the Flamboyant Studios in Europe. More recently a Flamboyant Flowers Field has been planted in order to grow more uncommon flowers.
Birds On Mars
In 2018 at the DMEXCO in Cologne, Nicolas Mériel got inspired by a speech and presentation from Florian Dohmann, founder and managing director of Birds on Mars around ART and AI and more specifically the artificial muse. In particular the co-creative aspect and the inspiration that an AI-system can have on the artist Roman Lipski and his work sounded fascinating. Nicolas Mériel quickly contacted Florian Dohmann and they met up in Berlin to explore how Flamboyant Flowers can be supported by AI.
Florian Dohmann quickly suggested to explore working with GANs and using the existing Flamboyant Flowers as "training-set"…
Here are some very early research-results i.e. GAN-generated "flowers".
The particularity and uniqueness of GANs & Roses approach is that it is based on self-sowed and self-cultivated flowers while also following a superresolution approach i.e. aiming to generate high-resolution images using an efficient sub-pixel convolutional neural network (https://github.com/pytorch/examples/tree/master/super_resolution). Indeed many GAN generated images are very small.
Alongside the GANs & Roses project, the publication of a 364+1 AI Flamboyant Flowers tear-off calendar has been confirmed by the prestigious Berlin based publisher Seltmann+Söhne who focus on art and photo books.
The very first GANs&Roses Exhibition is planned in September at Hall of Frame Studiogallery, Marktstrasse 18, 8853 Lachen (Switzerland). More Infos soon.
The GANs & Roses joint-venture is still pretty young and will need to grow and explore the many facets of where art and AI can co-inspire and co-create…