Instagram is a complex social space where users copy content and curate artificial feeds. People want to be liked and are influenced by content posted by celebrities, influencers or friends. Everyone is copying one another and engaging with one another hoping to be noticed.
These GAN images are outputs from a machine learning model that was trained on content that I have liked or engaged with on Instagram. These artificial images that the machine produced are reflective of my personal Instagram experience.
This was created on machine learning software Runway ML, using the Image Train GAN option – the dataset consisted of 348 images from the latest 150 posts I liked on Instagram. From these GAN visuals, we can see that the posts I frequently engage with on Instagram are colourful and vibrant. I found it fantastical how life-like these outputs were.