AI is becoming our new reality. It is shaping how we perceive the world, make decisions, and solve problems through a filtered version of reality. This reality is created by turning everything into calculatable numeric data and finding and interpreting patterns in them to mimic perception-based intelligence and arrive at conclusions and solutions. We are putting everything in the hands of AI systems confidingly but can we create a common ground between how humans and machines make sense of the world? or Is it needed at all? Is this calculatable filtered reality, all we need to connect with the outside world and live a meaningful life?
"In Search For Understanding" consists of a convolutional neural network that constantly searches for patterns and objects to make predictions while the previous abstractions and extracted features that are hidden inside the convolutional layers of its neurons are being fed back to it for another prediction. As a result, it creates a recursive feedback loop between the perception and computation components of the model which affects its decisions and forces the system to get back to itself for re-evaluation. By displaying and sonifying the extracted features and printing the model's predictions side by side, "In Search For Understanding" aims to metaphorically explore the temporal and gradual process of understanding and how human perception and experience of the world are different from the recognition algorithms. While the AI object recognition system recognizes patterns and makes predictions, the whole process may create different subjective meanings for the visitors.


"In Search For Understanding" is an experimental audiovisual installation that reveals itself during the time. It utilizes video projections and a sound system to create an immersive space to explore the mentioned topic. While searching for aesthetics in an AI process's spontaneous and unpredictable nature, it aims to articulate the differences between machines and visitors' perceptions of the situation and how it may trigger different subjective meanings even between each visitor that is based on not only recognition but individuals judgment that has been shaped based on many factors like living experience, cultural background, etc.