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Microsoft and Museum of Art & Photography Bengaluru develops new AI platform, INTERWOVEN

The AI platform has been developed as part of Microsoft's AI for Cultural Heritage initiative and is based on MAP's collection of South Asian textiles.

Microsoft and Bengaluru’s Museum of Art & Photography announced the launch of a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform for linking artworks and cultures throughout the world. 

INTERWOVEN, a new artificial intelligence-powered platform for connecting artworks and cultures globally. The AI platform has been developed as part of Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage initiative and is based on MAP’s collection of South Asian textiles. 

INTERWOVEN brings together collections from prominent institutions worldwide, along with MAPs, to uncover links between artworks from many cultures, mediums, and historical periods. 

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Kamini Sawhney, Director, MAP, said, “Covid 19 and the lockdown really forced us to reflect on how people interacted with the online space. Right from week one, we began looking at how we could engage with our online communities.” 

Sawhney further added that MAP would be more than simply a collection of objects; it will be a venue for ideas and dialogues sparked by their collections, and INTERWOVEN fits in perfectly with this idea. 

Users can see predefined journeys generated primarily by MAP’s educational and research arm, the MAP Academy. According to MAP, it is devoted to making the history of South Asian art more accessible and inclusive, both inside the Indian subcontinent and globally. 

Brad Smith, President, and Vice-Chair, Microsoft, said, “Using technology to enhance human ingenuity, celebrate human creativity, and enable human connection is at the heart of Microsoft’s work.” 

He also mentioned that INTERWOVEN reminds them both of the vibrancy of other cultures and how these traditions are shared in a conversation that spans time and space.

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Dipayan Mitra
Dipayan Mitra
Dipayan is a news savvy writer, who does not leave a single page of news paper unturned. He is also a professional vocalist who enjoys ghazals. Building a dog shelter is his forever dream.

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