Is this the Problem, the Solution, the Past or the Future

2017, bot performance,
commissioned by The Photographers' Gallery,
http://is-this-the-problem-the-solution-the-past-or-the-future.com/

Is this the Problem, the Solution, the Past or the Future is the first application created with the This is the Problem, the Solution, the Past and the Future dataset. The piece was developed for display on the gallery's media wall.

By looking at the photos uploaded in and around the gallery as they appear, the bot (a neural network trained on the dataset) is trying to work out and monitor the current state of the gallery, the area, and the people in the area. While Decision Space was about visitors looking at photos and categorizing them, the installation is now looking back, categorizing the people and their photos through what it has learned, following the same concepts – problem, solution, past, future – and biases which it was taught.