The installation NarcissUs is a critical and artistic approach towards the development of intelligent machines. The main goal is to unfold the emergent results that the learning process from artificial beings in mixed reality environments can encounter. It consists of a feed- back loop between a computer generated portrait (NarcissUs), a camera, a moving mirror, a face recognition algorithm and an evolv- ing learning machine seeking for self awareness. NarcissUs search- es for its reflection, learns from it and evolves through expressive exchanges. The installation is a metaphor from the mirror-stage and the moment of self recognition, which is recognised by Lacan as an essential act of intelligence. Whether this act is also a symptom of consciousness or not, is open to discussion. NarcissUs intends to argue, to which extend can an artificial system be perceived as self-aware.
“Destiny without necessity, freedom without memory, existence without choice, causality without destiny” – paraphrasing Deleuze.
The project NarcissUs is a critical and artistic approach towards the development of intelligent machines. The main goal is to unfold the potential and unexpected outcomes that the learning process from artificial beings in mixed reality environments may encounter. It consists on a feedback loop setup between a computer generated being (NarcissUs), a camera, a moving mirror, a face recognition algorithm and an evolving learning machine seeking for self awareness. NarcissUs seek for its reflection, learn from it and evolve through their expressive exchanges. Would IT be able to tell that the reflection is nothing else but itself?
ODD COUPLINGS is a performance by the Hong Kong-based choreographer Chun-ho Ivanhoe Lam in collaboration with Swiss scenographer Barbra Pfyffer. It is the product of his three months residency with the City of Zurich Artist-in-Residence Programme, during which time he has built up relationships and collaborations with a large number of artists.
Bettina Diel (Visual Artist)
Ivan Monteiro Feitosa (Media Artist)
Fabian Gutscher (Sound Artist)
Wing-lui Santayana Li (Hong Kong Actress/Playwright)
Matthias Mueller (Composer/Musician)
Nuria Prazak (Choreographer/Dancer)
Benjamin Ryser (Composer)
Andres Villa Torres (Electronic Artist)
Kaspar Weiss (Actor)
The work weaves together a patchwork of small vignettes of these collaborations into an unlikely narrative, one that creates, by a process of delicate layering of small fragments, an intimate look into these encounters during his stay in Switzerland.
Particle system simulating the behaviour of a blackhole. Each particle collision opens and closes a microphone. This generates an ongrowing and “controlled” audio-feedback saturation. It is possible to alter some variables which alter the behaviour of the gravitational field in real time. This has a direct impact in the audio-visual experience.
Tool in development using processing and supercollider for polygon projection mapping: drawing and manipulation of single polygonal shapes with code on the fly.
It consists on a series of assignable free form polygons which can be generated and manipulated in real time with the mouse pointer and through OSC messages. This allows to access and change features independently such as fill color, line thickness, fill image, etc. Thus, each new polygon is a new node which can be modified and accessed independently through OSC messages allowing to generate tightness between audio-visual events for example.