Science Meets Art In This Picasso-Inspired Rendition Of Kubrick's ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Using Google's AI software, Deep Dream, Tumblr user Bhautik Joshi creates a psychedelic rendition of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey by blending it with painter Pablo Picasso's style.

The result is as hypnotic as it is beautiful and leaves us wishing the entire film was explored.

2001: A Picasso Odyssey from Bhautik Joshi on Vimeo.

Science meets art

The experimental video was made possible using Google's Deep Dream, an AI software that uses neural networks to analyse and copy the artistic rendering from one image to another. With the ability to learn, the software was originally created in the hopes that it would one day be able to classify images just by 'looking' at them.

(Image: Bhautik Joshi)

(Image: Bhautik Joshi)

The software learns information from the pictures you've given it and remembers objects and their shapes (Picasso's paintings). When you provide the software with a new image with no information (Space Odyssey), it will look for objects and shapes it knows until it recognises something. If it doesn't find anything it knows of, the software then starts stretching and distorting the image until it recognises shapes. The entire process results in the creation of dreamlike hallucinogenic deliberately over-processed images.

If it doesn't find anything it knows of, the software then starts stretching and distorting the image until it recognises shapes. The entire process results in the creation of dreamlike hallucinogenic deliberately over-processed images.

(Image: Bhautik Joshi)

Mesmerizing as it is, one question does come out of this experiment; if the software creates these images from its database, then who's the artist? Is it the AI software or the user who suggested these images and clip?

If you'd like to learn more about this innovative technology visit Deep Dream Generator and try it for yourself to see how your pictures turn out. Here's what we got:

(Image: Konbini)

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