Casper’s Ex is a lonely smartphone that’s been left behind and is trying to connect with you while you are passing by, eager to tell its side of the story. Casper’s Ex is a playful interactive installation on the relationship between human beings and everyday technology. More specifically, this installation is about the relationship between our smartphones and ourselves. We feel attached to our devices, but as soon as a newer and better model crosses our path, we trade them in without remorse. A single ‘I really liked that phone’s layout’ will be heard, and we move on even though we committed to them for a couple of years. The phone, however, cannot move on. Your data, your scent, and your picture is all they have left. It will probably wait in a drawer for you to ever come back and will get very, very lonely.
# AI Lab
The SpeculativeAI series consists of two aesthetic experiments. Their goal is to make the processes of artificial neural networks perceptible to humans through audiovisual translation. The work Exp. #2 (conversation) questions an AI’s capacity for empathy and purpose while communicating with a second AI. Both systems are embodied by a light or sound object and can receive the messages of the other. The light object can hear and create images. The sound object can see and play sounds.
How can AI help us to face the climate crisis and other entwined challenges? This machine-learning-generated moving image piece gives insights into the complexity of data sets and raises questions about deforestation and the politics of climate change, memory and loss. Anna Ridler and Caroline Sinders created a special dataset of the Bald Cypress on the gulf coast of the USA, where both have family ties. These trees, which can live thousands of years, are currently considered to be “threatened” by climate change.
Forty-two years after its founding, in the second year of the Covid pandemic, as the digitization of our world has intensified along with the hopes and fears we attach to it, Ars Electronica is also looking to its own roots. A platform for committed people who see the future, not as a glimpse into the tech companies’ crystal ball, but as the responsibility of our time and have begun accepting this responsibility, as social activation and empowerment, as a source of analytical, corrective and alternative thought and action.
Skeens looks at/as the assemblages of physical bodies and multiple digital extensions that conform most contemporary identities. Given their complexity and partial invisibility, and against the strategies of disinformation, commoditization and alienation promoted by accelerated mass-media corporations, Skeens suggests alternative relationships based on memory, finitude and affection. It attends to the subjective and emotional value of digital identities, while looking for formulas that could allow users to inhabit social media in more critical and compromised ways.