Are you tired of hearing about Google’s Deep Dream algorithm yet?
Over at Pacific Standard, Kyle Chayka explores how Google’s Deep Dream is ultimately kitsch.
Kitsch “offers instantaneous emotional gratification without intellectual effort, without the requirement of distance, without sublimation,” according to the philosopher Walter Benjamin, a pioneer of the idea. The description fits perfectly for this new genre of algorithmically generated imagery. It requires no criticality or particular intellectual effort to digest, nor does it provide much reward in return. Deep Dream is our own visual culture, chopped up in a blender and spoon-fed back to us.