Koen Hauser
Projects (selection)

1 Iconoclastia, italian for Iconoclasm︎︎︎ refers to the social belief in the importance of the destruction of icons and other images or monuments, most frequently for religious or political reasons.

2 Transfiguration︎︎︎ means  a) change in form or appearance: metamorphosis, b) an exalting, glorifying, or spiritual change.

Overview of collection of images from Volume 1:

Michelangelo Iconoclastia

The still growing number of volumes of the Michelangelo Iconoclastia publication series (2023-2024) consist of facsimile reproductions of an old tourist book on the work of the famous artist Michelangelo Buonarotti, in which the visual reproductions are altered with the aid of AI.
Volume 1 – the first that has been released – came to life as the continuation of the abstraction and ‘liquification’ of visual representations of sculptures as first occuring in the project Skulptura

When looked at these books on their own, the interplay between the text referring to the original works of art and the visual offspring of their depictions comes to the forefront.
When considering the appearances of each image across the different volumes,  families of images imbued by their shared visual origin take stage. 

To me, the project not merely expresses the myriad of possibilities of AI Image generating as a tool, but more importantly hints at AI as the source of, or even the embodiment of transfigurational experiences.