Birk Schmithüsen is a media artist whose work has been shown internationally at key media art festivals including re:publica, Chaos Communication Congress, Ars Electronica Festival, and ZKM. In aesthetic experiments, Birk explores non-perceptible, abstract concepts such as Artificial Intelligence and BigData as artistic media. By creating systems with lifelike behaviour, he opens up new perspectives on current issues.
Speculative Artificial Intelligence / Exp. #2
This work consists of a series of aesthetic experiments designed to make processes of artificial neural networks perceptible to humans through audiovisual translation. Exp. #1 examines inner behaviour during the prediction and learning process. The network is visualised by a light object, with the state of each neuron represented by a corresponding LED. Exp. #2 questions an AI’s capacity for empathy and purpose while communicating with a second AI.
The spherical light object with a diameter of 80cm consists of a chaotic heap of 95m LED Stripe, a microphone, and an embedded AI computing device. It can hear sounds and create images. The sound object in the form of a dodecahedron of black, opaque plexiglas with the same diameter is equipped with eight speakers, a camera, and the second AI system.
Both systems are embodied by a light or sound object and can receive the messages of the other. To have a meaningful conversation, both objects produce empathic behaviour by understanding the received messages and giving an intentional response. Together they enable an ever-changing audiovisual conversation.
This work was realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms (EMAP) programme at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (ES) with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.