Exhibition at Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads // Craig Ames – Photographs of British Algae – AI Impressions, 2022

Exhibition in public space // Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads // 1-30 June

Craig Ames created Photographs of British Algae – AI Impressions using cutting-edge imaging technologies. He was inspired by the English botanist and photographer Anna Atkins and her photographic record of botanical specimens Photographs of British Algae – Cyanotype Impressions (1843-1853). 

As a photography pioneer, Atkins created the world’s first photobook and photographic-based record of botanical specimens that inspired generations of artists and image-makers. Today, Craig Ames uses generative AI to create specimen exemplars of AI impressions.

Ames used the Latin names of the specimens that Atkins photographed and processed them through a text-to-image AI generator, producing a body of work which was labelled and catalogued to create a new visual taxonomy of simulated algae. In this way, the simulacra intentionally distorts the boundaries between the real and the artificial, reflecting some of the many implications that this developing technology also manifests. 

The exhibition at Thorvaldsens Plads is part of Copenhagen Photo Festival taking place 1 to 11 June in both public space in the city and at the Festival Center on Refshaleøen. The exhibition at Thorvaldsens Plads will however outlast the festival and ends 30 June. Craig Ames’ also exhibits other parts of his project at the festival center and at Landskrona Foto.

Craig Ames (1971, Great Britain) lives and works in Great Britain. His work concentrates on contested spaces, expanded forms of evidence, simulation and artificial intelligence imaging. He translates his ideas and projects with the help of different mediums, such as photography, AI imaging, text, online material, etc. His work is part of various prestigious collections such as Victoria and Albert Museum (The V&A) in London.

Craig Ames has been selected among 250 participants from all over the world, through an open call on this year’s overarching theme ‘Rewilding’ which contributes to the conversation about sustainable urban development and sustainable art in public space as part of Copenhagen being UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023.

The public space exhibition at Thorvaldsens Plads is supported by Imagine5.