X Degrees of Separation

March 2018 | By Mario Klingemann & Simon Doury

The hidden paths through culture

They say any two people in the world can be connected through friends of friends, just in a few steps. How about artworks? Using Machine Learning techniques that analyze the visual features of artworks, X Degrees of Separation finds pathways between any two artifacts, connecting the two through a chain of artworks. This network of connected artworks allows X Degrees of Separation to take us on the scenic route where serendipity is waiting at every step: surprising connections, masterful works by unknown artists or the hidden beauty of mundane objects. 

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