RELICS is an experimental concept art project inspired by stories like "At the Mountains of Madness" and "Shadow out of Time" by H.P. Lovecraft. What if an archaeologist would find remnants of technology in sediments that precede the human civilization by hundreds of millions of years? The sublime horror of this premise is the hallmark of Lovecraft's stories and a fascinating field for visual development. The interesting twist of this project is, that the visuals were created by an artificial intelligence algorithm (namely Disco Diffusion 5.2) and the output of the A.I. was only slightly edited in Photoshop. For this project my role as an artist became almost that of an archaeologist, working my way through the random output, searching for the best samples and very often just being stunned by my finds. For full disclosure I'd like to mention that I used the names of Craig Mullins and Richard Schmid in my text prompts, although I don't have the feeling that their styles have informed the A.I. to a high degree. I hope that you enjoy the abstract beauty of these images as much as I do.