Portrait

The Artist Inside by Craig Cutler

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962)

Former First Lady, statesman, teacher, writer, advocate and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt lived as a passionate servant to humanity. She greatly expanded the role of First Lady of the United States, and fought for the advancement of labor, minorities, the poor, women and young people. She served as a delegate to the United Nations; for which she secured the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Revered and remembered as the “First Lady of the World,” she made the world a better place for all people.

What Watson thinks

Watson analyzed Roosevelt’s speeches, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, autobiography, daily newspaper column My Day written over 27 years, as well as biographies and press articles written about her and suggested an unexpected association–that the concepts in Roosevelt’s writing have a strong association with contemporary music of 2007 - 2008, with 95% relevancy. The common themes of music at that time were love and empowerment.

This insight was shared with three artists–composer Trevor Gureckis, creative director and filmmaker Bastien Baumann and designer/sculptor Lucas Camargo–who together interpreted it to create a portrait of the 32nd First Lady that could not have existed without Watson’s help.

Watson APIs: Natural Language Understanding, Tone Analyzer, Personality Insights, Discovery

The data

Watson analyzed Roosevelt’s speeches, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, autobiography, My Day newspaper column written over 27 years, as well as biographies and press articles.

The artwork

Inspired by Roosevelt’s love for humanity and Watson’s insight, the artists created her portrait with original music, including vocals of phrases from Roosevelt’s speeches and My Day column, as well as an audio sample from her 1941 Library of Congress speech. Accompanying the track is a video projection of her 3-D likeness, with animated phrases from her writing, and music of 2007–2008.

The artists

Trevor Gureckis is an international award-winning composer and frequent collaborator with famous pop artists on albums, operas, ballets and films.

Bastien Baumann and Lucas Camargo are international award-winning creative directors based in New York. Their works have been honored at D&AD, Cannes, The One Show, TDC and The Clio Awards.

“With Watson, data analysis is a new art form.”

– Ann Rubin, IBM