log_2024_02_07 // Latent Possibilities, Latent Responsibilities, Latent Spaces
February 7, 2024

I have been writing an essay about the metaphorical connection between queerness and the output of altered generative adversarial networks by exploring the capabilities of technology to visualise speculative horizons and imaginations. For this I draw from José Esteban Muñoz’s definition of ‘queer’ and Sara Ahmed’s queer phenomenology. With these possibilities in mind, I introduce text-to-image generators which are based on diffusion-networks and highlight their potential pitfalls when applied to the creation of photo-realistic images of members of the disabled and queer community. The poster campaign for the 2023 KRAKE Festival serves as a case study to analyse the ethical considerations and challenges associated with this technology. I relate the practice of prompt engineering to Judith Butler’s concept of performativity and argue how this technology can appropriate the visual identity of drag culture.

I added it to the Methods area. I appreciate if you want share your thoughts, ideas and feedback with me.
It is pretty quiet sometimes while writing.

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