Google wanted to showcase an interesting use of artificial intelligence at two events in China in September 2019. With the aim to reconnect the young people of today with the traditional art forms that are part of China’s precious cultural heritage with the use of Machine Learning.
Working alongside the teams at Future Deluxe (who drove the overall creative) and Bit Studio (who developed the back end), members of the Solarflare team created the front end experience using Unity’s High Definition Render Pipeline.
Powered by Google’s machine learning platform – TensorFlow, Morphing Clay learns to recognise different human gestures and body movements, triggering the morphing of different pottery shapes and patterns in real time.
As you step into the installation your poses and clothing are reflected in the shape and texture of the ceramics on screen allowing for endless play and discovery as you create unique pottery art based on traditional Chinese archetypes.
Users can inspire the AI to make a piece of pottery art just by stepping into the installation.The Morphing Clay installation was showcased at both WAIC 2019 and GDD China 2019 in Shanghai, China with positive feedback received.