Pretend Ai, Pretending to be People

Collaborative exhibition with UCL’s Multimedia Anthropology Lab (2021)

This virtual space presents an ongoing conversation and collaboration between artists Zach Mason and Joseph Clark both who are interested in data collection, visualisation and the transformations of artificial intelligence.

In a bedroom, inspired by the setting that many conversations between us have taken place, we will take on the role of AI where we limit ourselves to responding only to what has been said through the information present in the room, without the context of each others prior intentions or personal lives. Text, 3D models and video works will be systematically produced in response to one another and placed in the room. Neither of us take the same perspectives on the benefits, dangers and possible governance of AI but through this ongoing collaboration, and quasi-performance, we will experiment with how an AI would question itself and interpret others.

The room will gradually become cluttered with objects and images - overlapping, merging and colliding with each other. Those who access the space may view each object as a conversation, or statement, in itself or step back and view the bedroom as a larger dialogue.

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