Aagaards Glasplader

Giving new life to historic people at 24-hour hackathon Hack4dk


Aagaards Glasplader is a collection of high-resolution portrait photos from 1857-1880.

At Hack4dk 2019 I trained a StyleGAN model to generate new portraits of non-existing people using RunwayML.
Using DeOldify the images were colorised and I created interpolating movies with p5js to explore the latent space of the model.

I used short historical biographies as prompts for text generation model GPT-2 in order to have it dream of how peoples lives might have been. The interactive prototype was built in Processing with GPT-2 communication via RunwayML.

Link to dataset: https://aagaardsbilleder.tumblr.com/