Computational Anthropology and Exploring Identity through Artificial Synthesis

Ari Melenciano
13 min readNov 6, 2022

A series of personal reflections while using A.I. image generation

Grid of predominately Black women, artificially rendered from the foundation of my own face/identity to explore our new identities.
Grid of predominately Black women, all except for me having been artificially synthesized.

About a month ago, I was purely terrified in learning about this relatively recent wave of hyper/photorealistic AI generated imagery through text prompts. And especially so when I learned of frameworks that could allow anyone to use anyone’s personal identity and