Jake Tan
New Media Artist/
Creative Technologist

Dancing the Algorithm COMING SOON
Archive of Digital Plants
Analogue Is Dead
Latent Space
In Hot Waters
The Divine Forest
We are and or have been
4th DIMENSION (2nd Edition) (1st Edition)

  1. Dancing the Algorithm COMING SOON
  1. Shiseido’s Journey of Potential COMING SOON
  2. BIOS: Full Bloom COMING SOON
  1. AR Tango︎︎︎ Art Reimagined
  2. VR Latent Space Pluritopia
  3. In Hot Waters
  4. VR INSTINCT D’Art Festival Metaverse︎︎︎
  5. Terrarium︎︎︎ Night Festival
  6. BIOS: Digital Nature Night Festival
  7. BIOS: A Conversation with the Wind
  8. AR/VR SUPERMAMA World︎︎︎ Milan Design Week
  9. XR MPL Season 3 Extended Reality Set︎︎︎
  10. VR ADM Metaverse︎︎︎
  11. BIOS 01 SG Art Week
  12. Networked Machines︎︎︎ SG Art Week

  1. Archive of Digital Plants
  2. Golden Hour︎︎︎ SG Countdown
  3. XR MPL Season 2 Extended Reality Set︎︎︎
  4. AR NDP Experience︎︎︎ SG Day 
  5. AR Secret Garden: Lloyd’s Inn X SERIAL︎︎︎ 
  6. AR Hidden Garden: Lloyd’s Inn X UNIQLO︎︎︎
  7. AR ADM Grad Show 2021︎︎︎
  8. Interconnected Machines SG Art Week

  1. AR Lucinda Law’s Botanical Art Experience Exhibition︎︎︎
  2. The Divine Forest 
  3. AR Jason Yu EP Experience︎︎︎
  4. In Vivo: Within the Living
  5. AR ADM Grad Show 2020︎︎︎
  6. Creating Smart Textiles
  7. AR Creators Climate Action AR Campaign︎︎︎ 

  1. AR Singapore Sports Hub: Season Of Giving
  2. AR BBC Earth: Botanical Art World
  3. AR Trip.com: Take That Trip!
  4. AR The Bubble Tea Factory: Bobabae
  7. 4th DIMENSION (2nd Edition) (1st Edition)
  8. State Of The Arch
  9. Share Share Application

  1. Me & My Shiny Teeth Application
  2. ADAM
  3. ONE
  4. TV?
  7. AR VoyagAR︎︎︎
  8. Shy Shy Venus︎︎︎
  9. VR Voice of The Morning Star︎︎︎
  10. PHASE︎︎︎
  11. AR TamaGO!︎︎︎
  12. ROGUE Magazine︎︎︎

  1. NOMADIC︎︎︎
  2. VR Train To Bishan︎︎︎
  3. BLXCK Website︎︎︎
  4. 36-100-01︎︎︎
  5. MEMBRAIN Industries︎︎︎
  6. VR 360 Tour of Prambanan︎︎︎
  7. To Us︎︎︎
  8. The Novena Dream︎︎︎
  10. 兄 Blood︎︎︎

  1. LAZARUS XII︎︎︎
  2. The Red Giant︎︎︎

  1. You’re My Type︎︎︎

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Latent Space

Latent Space (2022)

VRChat – Virtual Reality Metaverse
As part of the Pluritopia Cloud Studio Artist Residency

Latent Space is an indepth exploration into the relationship between data our position in relations to it.

1 Abstract 

Referencing High-Dimensional Space Concepts and Generative Adversarial Network frameworks within Machine Learning, Latent Space explores the idea of a dynamic and ever changing digital space. The creation of a Manifold in Virtual Reality will explore the relationship between data points themselves and also the user. Positional coordinates within a supposed three-dimensional space(x,y,z) will shift and react based on the properties of the agent(w).

Keywords: Machine Learning, Human-Data Relationship, Metadata, Dynamic Manifold, Data Interface

2 High-Dimensional Space

In Machine Learning, High-Dimensional Space uses properties of data points and through looking at all the data points at the same time, the algorithm is able to create relationship and meaning to each of these subset data points.

Using the T-SNE algorithm, clusters are formed based on said meaning: each word or pixel is considered a dimension which is then sampled and sorted. These clusters create the fundamentals of relationships.

3 The Visuals of Relationship

Dissecting the relationship of data, the space on VRChat will grow based on the collected metadata in real time through a web browser. The API will update the VRChat’s World Environment and the Machine Learning Algorithm(T-SNE) will recluster the elements.

The users within the space will choose a metadata tag that will be embedded into their account ID. Their positional coordinates within the space will also, in turn, reclustering the elements.

4 The Manifold

The space will be represented by a floating Manifold, of which, elements will cluster within it, without the physics of gravity.

A manifold is not a physical form, but rather a mathematical concept that allows for disjoint lumps to exist in a single logical body. A topological space that is not bound by its vertices points to create form.

Therefore, the outer form of the manifold will be constantly shifting based on the live user data.

5 Our Position(s) with Data

Latent Space provides an alternative view to how we perceive our relationship with data on a primordial level. Fundamentally, the work interpolates and re-interpolates the dataset of text with the user’s metadata in mind.

The shifting space creates dimensionality based on said performance by the user and the algorithm. Inpretting the dimensionality of data as plotted against machine(x, y, z) and user(w). 

6 Human-Machine Relationship

William Latham introduced the concept of the artist as a gardener, turning the machine into a generative garden. In this process, you cannot really say that you are using the horse as a tool, nor that you are collaborating with it. It is an agent, acting on its own and with you at the same time.

6.1 Why Machines should Learn?

Beyond logic based operations, intelligence is usually conflated with rational thinking. The full, entirety of a machine’s potential can and should exist beyond an infinitely expanding domain, yet we are not there yet.

Adaptation to knowing how to know with and without supervision is the key.

6.2 The Positionality of the Artist

Machine Learning offers a unique challenge to art because of its historical entanglements with an engineering culture that idealizes optimization and problem-solving.

For art production, engineers are trying to engineer computers to be creative. However, art is not just about creating new, beautiful things; it is a dimension of culture that responds to broader contexts.

For artists, artists working with machine learning need to deal with high autonomy of these systems, bending them to their own aesthetic needs. The artist then needs to act more as a scientist, rather than an engineer; experimenting, iterating and collaborating with the system.

7 .DICOM Format

Referencing the technical operation of MRI Scans, converting a three dimensional object into two dimensional slices to be reconstructed into three dimension digital objects.

8.1 Traditional 3D manipulation

Creation of 3D objects are created mostly using vertice, curves or face manipulation. Splitting, translating and sculpting control points, cages and primitives.

8.2 Deep learning mechanism: Convolution

Convolutional networks were inspired by biological processes in that the connectivity pattern between neurons resembles the organization of the animal visual cortex. Individual cortical neurons respond to stimuli only in a restricted region of the visual field known as the receptive field. The receptive fields of different neurons partially overlap such that they cover the entire visual field.

The goal would be to create a methodology of changing the input to be:
1. Able to receive vertice information

2. Manipulate vertices through this translation

3. Reanalyse and recycle vertices

8.3 Dataset

Feeding the observational dataset with abstract geometries in both two dimensional and three dimensional data points, the machine will anticipate and morphosis its own interpretation of geometries.