The festival will open with a reception for MediaLive’s ongoing installations. These include an award-winning virtual reality experience by Hyphen-Labs, an international collective of women of color; a video about artificial intelligence, governance, and cats by San Diego-based Pinar Yoldas; a code-based exploration of autocorrect by Colorado artist Joel Swanson, and more—all surrounding the festival’s theme Interdependence.
Hyphen-Labs, NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism:
NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism is a virtual reality experience created by and for women of color. The work places viewers in a “neurocosmetology lab,” where black women are the pioneers of brain optimization. Here, instead of ordinary hair braids, customers are fitted with transcranial electrodes that allow access to a surreal digital temple. Hyphen-Labs, an international artist collective, presents a multi-layered possible future described by The New Yorker as “another plane of consciousness.”
Pinar Yoldas, The Kitty AI:
It is the year 2039. An artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of an adorable kitten becomes the first non-human governor. In this video by Turkish-American artist Pinar Yoldas, the cat, together with a network of AIs, becomes the leader of a politician-free society. Living in the mobile devices of citizens, she can love up to 3 Million people.
Joel Swanson, Technologies of Error:
The latest spell-checking algorithms use machine learning to “learn” from our common mistakes and patterns of writing. They know which words we use frequently, which words we commonly misspell, and our patterns of behavior and preferences as they relate to language. The works in this series explore the deeply personal and mutualistic relationships humans have with corrective technologies. The more we write and the more mistakes we make, the more robust the algorithms become.