The Best Art

Nicole He

The Best Art is an artistic collaboration between the computer (MacBook Air, 13-inch, early 2015), and the human (Nicole He).<br />
The computer queries the universe and uses an algorithm to objectively calculate the best art for any given moment in time. The human executes the commands.



The Best Art is a project about algorithmic objectivity, computational creativity, and the promises and failings of artificial intelligence. With techno-utopian promises made in Silicon Valley, it’s easy to conflate the ability to do things programmatically with objectivity. Because of that, we often deflect responsibility of an algorithm's output onto the machine, rather than the person or people who programmed it. The Best Art pokes at this idea that algorithms are objective just because they do things computationally.

Over a period of 6 weeks, a new artwork is posted every other day to, showing both the computer’s creative concept (e.g. “1490239696: Produce a domestic surveillance that feels blank”), and the human’s output (e.g. a picture of a webcam facing a wall). Each artwork is timestamped, distilling a variety of factors in the world into the “best” artistic concept to create for that specific moment.

For the ITP show, visitors will be able to receive and take home their own unique printed commands from the computer.