New Project Pairs Modern News Photos with Old Masters

The Tate gallery in Britain holds some of the most iconic and interesting artwork from the last 500 years. But the gallery, like many arts institutions, wrestles with questions of how to make its collection interesting and relevant in the digital world. For the last three years, the Tate has experimented with ways to intermingle oil paints and pixels through its IK Prize for Digital Innovation. This year’s winner, an Italian communications research center called Fabrica, created an artificial intelligences program called “Recognition​.” Over three months, beginning on Friday, the autonomous program will scan through the Tate’s archive of 30,000 digital images of paintings and sculptures and match them with thematically or visually similar contemporary news images pulled from Reuters. Over that time, it will build a virtual gallery of images…


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