This museum is using AI to remind us of what we have in common – Microsoft Brazil News Center

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Open your closet.If you find there are prints Paisley Links to ancient world art have also been found. Curved design is one of the most prevalent themes in modern global fashion, but its roots go back thousands of years.

This pattern may have left Persia, now Iran, and reached Babylon, now Iraq. Scribes there likened him to an unfolding date palm bud.It also appeared all over India and was later known as Badam, Carey or bothamong other things – describe its teardrop or sleeve shape.

Hundreds of years ago, it came to the western part of the subcontinent and was all the rage. Finally, it was named after a small town in Scotland where a factory specialized in imitating Kashmir shawls with global export standards. ○ Paisley It’s been popular (often) ever since.

journey of Paisley Traveling across time and across continents has been relentless. This is just one of many fabric stories from INTERWOVEN, a virtual experience powered by artificial intelligence (AI) at the Bangalore Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), one of India’s leading tech hubs.

exist INTERWOVEN websiteclick on images of Kashmiri shawl fragments from the mid-19th and early 20th century on the subject Paisley, Take you on a cultural adventure through places where dozens of names appear. This includes a church in England, an Italian chambray (a cloak worn over a priest’s robe), and ancient Persian cloth panels, among others.

INTERWOVEN is an innovative tool developed in partnership with MAP, School of Maps and initiatives artificial intelligence heritage from Microsoft. It uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to uncover connections between MAP’s textile artwork and the collections of other museums around the world.

Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage harnesses the power of AI to support individuals and organizations working to preserve and enrich cultural heritage. The platform demonstrates how technology can be a useful tool to help people preserve and connect cultural heritage across generations across the globe.

As part of this program, Microsoft supports individuals and organizations, in this case MAP, through collaboration, partnerships, and investments in AI technology and resources.

“Using technology to enhance human creativity, celebrate human ingenuity and inspire connectionion It’s at the heart of what Microsoft does,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft President. “India has been a melting pot of cultures and a center of global commerce for centuries. It’s great to see how our first Indian Heritage AI project, INTERWOVEN, reminds us how vibrant different cultures are and how these traditions are shared in narratives that span time and space. “

INTERWOVEN uses Azure Custom Vision and AI text analytics services to help find common threads and shared stories in artistic traditions between MAP Textile Artifacts and the art treasures of its partner museums. So you can learn about the evolution of fabrics not only through patterns and designs, but also through color filters, occasions, places and times.

Centuries of tradition and trade in South Asia have made textiles an important starting point for the study of cultural transmission.

“Fabrics from the subcontinent are vital to trade, with some of the best cotton and silk being exported by land and sea. As such, fabrics have influenced and shaped global politics for centuries,” said Shrey Maurya, Editor-in-Chief of MAP Academy, INTERWOVEN’s knowledge partner.

“They’re commodities that buy spices that are traded around the world,” explains Kate Irwin, curator of clothing and fabrics at the Rhode Island School of Design and Arts. “Cotton has been a global industry for a thousand years, and until the 19th century, the center of the industry was India; we have a long history in which the world—from East Africa and Indonesia to the Arab world and Europe – Want fabrics from South Asia. So it makes sense to start with these fabrics to understand patterns and artistic languages ​​around the world; there is a long history”.

INTERWOVEN can help curators, scholars and art historians find common ground between artifacts, allowing them to tell new stories or discover new connections between civilizations. They now have access to vast collections at home, and artificial intelligence can help identify uncertain connections between objects.

But the platform also has the ability to attract people interested in the subject. Visitors to this experience can go on a curated journey or explore the MAP collection and click on any artwork to explore the various connections on their own.

“Here, you never look at an object in isolation. When you select anything on the platform — even a theme that’s missing in a patch — the algorithm automatically shows you all the connections that exist around the world,” Maurya said . “With this, INTERWOVEN helps foster and sustain interest in fabrics and art.”

Making the art and museum experience accessible is one of MAP’s main goals, and technology is at the heart of that goal.

“We have always wanted to be the museum of the future. Young people in India are indigenous users of technology and MAP wants to use this to showcase India’s cultural heritage and show that art can be interesting, not elitist,” museum founder Abhishek Poddar said.

So when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted plans to open to the public in 2020, MAP embraced digital solutions as easily as its potential younger audience embraced technology.

The team’s efforts to engage with their online community include Museum Without Borders, a digital collaboration with its partner museums, culminated in the birth of INTERWOVEN. MAP also launched MAP Academy during this period, a large online platform consisting of an encyclopedia of arts and courses, including a course on the history of textiles in South Asia, and INTERWOVEN’s for users who want to learn more. feature.

“INTERWOVEN started with the idea of ​​exploring the entire MAP collection, but we realized that fabric is the art form that communicates most eloquently with global connections,” said MAP Director Kamini Sawhney.

MAP works with 16 other museums, including Metropolitan meseum Art, in New York, Cleveland Museum of Art This is Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, and Smithsonian, In Washington DC, connect their collections with the INTERWOVEN experience.

“We are delighted to be part of the INTERWOVEN project, led by Microsoft’s AI Heritage Initiative and the Indian Museum of Art and Photography. It is a window into our magnificent collection, allowing people to interact with each other on a visual, emotional or academic level. Cleveland Museum of Art. This item is a wonderful realization of our collection open accesssaid Jane Alexander, Director of Digital Information Cleveland Museum of Art“We know that people may never come to Cleveland to experience our collection in person, and this interactive tool allows visitors from around the world to explore our extraordinary collection in a way that provides deeper cultural context and insight, allowing Art is more accessible.”

Creative technologists from innovation and experience design agency A_da helped conceive the AI ​​component and its deployment at INTERWOVEN. They implemented a combination of several Microsoft AI services to provide advanced connectivity results between MAP’s digital collections and the open access collections of its partner museums.

MAP digital collections are encoded with precise keywords, meta tags, and high-resolution photos. The algorithm uses Azure AI Text Analytics to intelligently analyze these keywords, and Azure AI Custom Vision to help with visual and model comparisons.

While the algorithm is active, the creative team is working to improve visual detection, training models to recognize visual elements such as flowers, animal motifs, and geometric shapes in South Asian art.

Mandara Vishwanath of MAP Academy remains fascinated by the many similarities found in fabric styles and aesthetics in different regions.

“For example, we have a lot of fabrics kalamkari Showcase stories and episodes in India Ramayana From Mahabharata (Classical Indian writings written in Sanskrit between the 7th and 6th centuries BC and the 3rd century BC, respectively). These stories also appear on cotton fabrics printed in Southeast Asia. INTERWOVEN helped us understand the stylistic differences between Indian textile paintings and patterned fabrics in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia,” she said.

All this information, categorization and context, is presented in an easy-to-understand way for those interested in the subject. For others, they are a blank page to start their own journey.

Even across geographic boundaries as you click from one artwork to another, seasonINTERWOVEN reminds you that, in any case, aside from our differences, we are all on a common journey, connected by a plot you didn’t even know existed.

Above: Kashmiri artisans (Isam Wani from Microsoft) making paisley shawls

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