NFT collection of of art, poetry, short stories, and audio generated by Queer AI, an artificial intelligence trained on a corpus of queer theatre. Every story begins with the prompt, “Let me begin by telling you my ultimate fantasy. . .”
The first drop will consist of 50 NFTs. Upgrade to unlock unique erotic audio poems, a limited edition printed catalog, and limited edition audio cassette of stories read from the collection. Launch will be in late summer 2022. Please join the access list to pre-mint before the public sale and to get updates on the project.
All profits will go towards funding Unsupervised Pleasures, a DIY community library and practice space for making datasets, machine learning models, bots, zines, publications, and art with AI. Our goal is to raise enough money to cover one year of operating expenses, including stipends for contributors, purchasing digital texts to create datasets, and infrastructure costs such as GPU cloud computing time.
Emily Martinez is a new media artist working with machine learning, queer technologies, and consensual tech. Emily is a 1st generation immigrant/refugee (Cuba > Miami) and a self-taught coder who believes in the tactical misuse of technology. Their art has been exhibited internationally, mostly thru collaborations with Anxious to Make and Queer AI. They started the Ultimate Fantasy series while documenting some of their research and experiments with a GPT-2 model trained on a corpus of queer theatre.
TLDR; a brief history
Queer AI began as a collaboration between myself (Emily) and Ben Lerchin in 2017. We wanted to create a chatbot that embodied the messiness of relationships, bodies, and identity. The first iteration of Queer AI (v1) was trained on 50,000+ conversational pairs derived from scripts in queer theatre, using an RNN seq-to-seq algorithm. Ben wrote all the code and prepped all the data. I wrote manifestos and talked to bots.
The results of Queer AI were surprising, revealing much more than we had anticipated, such as the bot “inheriting” trauma from the dataset, much of which contends with the experiences of living in a queer body during the AIDs crisis. Since then, I have been obsessively developing tactics for understanding a corpus through these unintended ruptures.
Ultimate Fantasy started as a series of blog posts on Unsupervised Pleasures, a website I created to document some of my research and experiments with machine learning during my ML5.js fellowship in 2020. At the time, I was also learning how to prep training data and work with machine learning models such as GPT-2, a language model created by OpenAI. A goal of my research was to study some of the bias inherent to GPT-2, which I decided to explore by “fine tuning” the model with small datasets and then writing strategic prompts to generate texts and images that revealed some of the latent qualities and "failures" of these very large models. One of the custom models I made is an updated version of QueerAI (v2), which was used to generate all of the short stories, poems, and artworks in the Ultimate Fantasy collection.
None of this would exist without amazing people inspiring, teaching, supporting and encouraging me.