The Never-Ending Holiday
December 2020 | By Martial Geoffre-Rouland, Artist in Residence at Google Arts & Culture
Machine Learning meets music and Street View imagery from iconic locations in France, Italy and Spain.
Machine learning meets music and Street View imagery
The Never-Ending Journey is a machine learning experiment from the Google Arts & Culture Lab that aims to connect us with the places we know and love, and those we've yet to explore. This series of computer-generated, surrealist-inspired, dreamscapes explores three iconic locations: France, Italy and Spain.
The experiment uses a Generative Adversarial Network, NVIDIA StyleGAN2, trained on thousands of images from famous landmarks and locations in each country.
Using Google Maps and Street View data, we created imaginary round-trips between iconic landmarks in each country, generating thousands of images from a never-ending hallucinated walk.
We combined this data with creative-commons photographs of famous landmarks at each stop of our journey. The end result is a dream-like , never-ending visualisation of three destinations, driven by the music from each country.
In Spain, we pass the Palacio Real de Madrid, the Arc de Triomf, the city of Cadaques, via the rooftops of Barcelona, the Tabernas Desert, Mount Teide and Concha Beach.
Enjoy the films, and visit g.co/travel-the-world to explore more of Europe and beyond with Google Arts & Culture.