- Life From Deep Cosmic Primordial Soup -
“Panspermia” is an art project about cosmic life origin by Lulu Li. Using artificial intelligence/machine learning tools like StyleGan2, Lulu Li explores the possibilities of universal life origins narrative with unhinged imaginations of the alien / Xeno life forms that may exist in the deep cosmic primordial space. Using the artificial intelligence/machine learning tool - StyleGan2, Lulu Li explores the possibilities of universal life origins narrative with unhinged imaginations of the alien / Xeno life forms that may exist in the deep cosmic primordial soup.
Pan”: “all”, “Sperma”: “seed”. Panspermia is the theory that life exists throughout the universe. Either life particles and dust were carried by meteorites, comets, or our spaceships, the unstoppable force of life is always permeating into unthinkable places even the entirety of the universe.
Cosmic life origin is one of the hardest questions that demands persistent attention. Often when star gazing, one’s imagination zooms into the “future” while we look back into billions of years old light phenomena. Future-looking visions, fiction, fantasies, and even dreams are always based on contemplation, and reprocesses of the past, especially a metaphysical past. Mahayana Buddhism has illustrated a unique and broad view of life phenomenon as a whole and its working mechanism. The panspermia art project is fusing Buddhist metaphysical views and scientific hypothesis, creating a fantastical world of cosmic life forms, which also hint at some consensus between two seemingly vast different views.
These life forms are generated with self-trained machine learning models - StyleGAN2. by working with the machine’s “mind” - “the latent space” - a multi-dimensional mathematical space where semantic vectors of what’s “learned” are registered and stored. - for lack of a better metaphor, it’s like deep diving into the cosmos’ primordial soup, where the abundance of life forms are found with constant awe and wonder.