Chimera is an AI-assisted genetic experiment in which each creature reflects the eclectic nature of their genetic make-up: part reptile, part building, part beehive. Assisted by an algorithm, the artist determines categories to add genes from and generate a new image, intentional about what influences to bring in, but not precisely knowing what the outcome will look like.
This image-making method encourages the artist to consider several visual properties simultaneously to inform the next step. In tweaking how much influence each gene has on the final piece, the artist retains creative agency, but is not fully in control. In this relationship, the artist is intentional about what influences to bring to the piece, while also responding to the algorithm’s results; so the algorithm is also influencing the artists’ vision.