Juliusz Grabianski is a visual artist based in London.
His practice investigates how digital mythologies are constructed and disseminated online.

Synthesising Cuteness

Digital image series

GAN software, Google Images results
Synthesising Cuteness is the result of training an AI on over four hundred images collected from Google after typing in the keyword ‘cute’.

The images generated by styleGAN combine common traits found in top-search cute imagery, resulting in an amalgamation of uncannily familiar features borrowed from the animal world: puppy eyes and occasional patches of soft fur float in what looks like a microbial soup observed under a microscope. What can we learn about our relationship with cuteness from the analysis of its chemical structure?