Sihwa Park

YouTube Mirror

Date: May 2022
Categories: AI Art, Data Art, Audiovisual Installation, Generative

YouTube Mirror is an interactive, audiovisual AI installation that generates images and sounds in response to the images of the audience captured through a camera in real time as a concept of data mirror. YouTube Mirror uses a cross-modal generative machine model that was trained in an unsupervised way to learn the association between images and sounds obtained from the YouTube videos I watched. The machine will see the world only based on this audio-visual relationship, and the audience can see themselves through the machine-generated images and sounds. YouTube Mirror is an artistic attempt to simulate my unconscious, implicit understanding of audio-visual relationships that can be found in and limited by the videos I watched. YouTube Mirror also attempts to represent the possibility of the machine's bias caused by implicit bias inherent in video recommendation algorithms as well as a small set of personal data.

YouTube Mirror at NIME 2023, Mexico City, Mexico

This version of the installation accompanied a video grid that loops 300 YouTube clips randomly selected among the whole 6,091 video data in order to show what data was used for training the model.

YouTube Mirror at AIMC 2023, Brighton, United Kingdom

Related Publication
Sihwa Park, “YouTube Mirror: An Interactive Audiovisual Installation based on Cross-Modal Generative Modeling”, In Proceedings of the International Conference on AI and Musical Creativity (AIMC), Brighton, United Kingdom, 2023

Related Exhibitions
Aug 2023, “YouTube Mirror” at the International Conference on AI and Musical Creativity (AIMC), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 2023, “YouTube Mirror” at the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, Mexico
May 2022, “YouTube Mirror” at the MAT 2023 End of Year Show: SYMADES, California NanoSystems Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara, USA