Tate IK Prize

Microsoft partnered with Tate on their annual IK Prize program. The challenge was to use artificial intelligence to explore art in the Tate collection.

In partnership with Tate, Microsoft supported IK Prize 2016 winners Fabrica and developers JoliBrain to create a program that could help uncover the hidden links between art and current events. The result is RECOGNITION, a complex algorithm that uncovers hidden links between current events and art.

Using a computational algorithm, RECOGNITION was able to study a piece of art in the collection and, much as a human would, recognize a range of features.

RECOGNITION incorporated multiple artificial intelligence technologies enabling the artworks from Tate Britain to be matched with news imagery we see and absorb everyday.

Our passionate team of world-leading engineers and developers worked closely with Tate Britain, Fabrica, and JoliBrain to develop this innovative platform.

Additional videos

The Future of AI The Recognition project uses innovative AI technology to improve our understanding of art at London’s Tate Britain gallery. But this is just the start. What role can AI play in wider culture? Watch the interview with Dave Coplin to find out.
Revealing Recognition Recognition is a triumph in collaboration and endeavour. It uses the very latest artificial intelligence technologies to interpret image captions and text, analysing context and subject matter, to determine an accurate match between artwork from Tate collection and up-to-the-minute photojournalism from Reuters.
Building Recognition Using Microsoft developed APIs, JoliBrain created the Recognition technology. Based in Toulouse, the duo of Alex Girard and Emmanuel Benazera worked with Microsoft and Fabrica to deliver the complex set of algorithms that drive the imagine matching
Meet Fabrica Based in Treviso, communication research centre Fabrica offers young researchers from around the world one-year scholarships across a multitude of creative industries. Members Coralie Gourguechon, Monica Lanaro, Isaac Vallentin and Angelo Semeraro were the team behind Recognition, this year’s IK Prize winning entry.