Black Boy Joy. 2020. Digital Images. Machine Learning.

Roc teaches an artificial intelligence to recognize, learn, and generate images of black joy. Roc’s work here shows the potential for artificial intelligence to supplement visual archives found to be lacking by the subjects they represent. This is an extremely timely project as the virtual has acted as a stand-in embodied experiences in education, labor, and gatherings. – RW

Image descriptions: 7 digital portraits of an individual subject facing the camera. Each of them has a distinctive painterly glitch effect that overrides their photographic resemblances in exchange for expressionist impressions.