In CHIMERA, the artist conducted an experiment using machine learning to create a neural connection between two distinct entities.
To achieve this, the artist trained a machine learning model with an equal number of photos of monkeys and humans. The resulting AI software generated a neural network that aimed to combine the two entities into a novel hybrid form.
Through this artwork, the artist challenges the artificial intelligence system, highlighting the creative possibilities of the technology beyond its intended purpose.
The inspiration for the Human-Monkey artwork came from a research paper pubblished 2021 on Cell magazine, which documented the creation of an embryo with both human and monkey DNA. This paper has sparked significant debate in the scientific community regarding the ethical implications of such procedures.