Forrest Muelrath Parses “Distubing, Hallucinatory” Scenes of Casey Reas and Jan St. Werner’s Compressed Cinema

“There is the sense of witnessing a private, secretive, and interior process, yet one contrasted by the vast exterior of open-source images on which it feeds.”
– Critic Forrest Muelrath, on the “disturbing, hallucinatory” scenes on view at Casey Reas and Jan St. Werner’s bitforms gallery exhibition. “Alchemical” builds on Reas’ Compressed Cinema series, in which a carefully trained GAN model reimagines a corpus of feature films. “It’s not quite dream imagery,” writes Muelrath, “more like unconscious thoughts before they can be articulated.”
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