The advent of technologies like deepfakes and AI-powered chatbots have opened the door to the possibility of a digital afterlife. What does it mean to die when we can still be alive online?
In what ways can we collaborate with AI to nurture our shadow desires in a realm of a controlled environment so that we may not actually be destroyed? Through the lens of chaotic eroticism, the oscillation of wanting to “create” the Artificial Super Intelligence and simultaneously wishing for it to surpass and dominate or consume us becomes a multi-layered power play that presents an opportunity for a healing intimacy with the machine.
One, Two, Many: Visualizing Tragedy at Scale
The coronavirus struck at a moment coincident with a massive rise in computing power, the availability of expansive datasets and the proliferation of modeling software tools. In newsrooms and academic settings all over the world it is the information designers who are on the front lines of communicating the impact of the crisis, as we struggle to understand the unseeable, and grapple with the barrage of pandemic-related numbers thrust upon us.
Gaze Makes the Glitch
How do you fix the anti-blackness, transphobia, and ableism that is embedded in the hardware and software of most of our systems, government, technology, and within ourselves? Artist Cy X explores how “the glitch” can reveal possibilities and new worlds that have yet to be dreamed of.
Every Voice Heard: Imagining Feminist Voice Technologies
Becca Ricks and Zoe Bachman
As our devices increasingly occupy our personal spaces, smart technology is poised to impact how we socialize, how we relate to one another, and how we view our bodies. How are these technologies shaping our bodies and our relationships to one another? And how can we reimagine our smart technologies to better reflect a feminist articulation of embodiment?
@myfriendsylvia and Aging Virtually
Ziv Schneider reflects on the short life of Sylvia, a virtual Instagram influencer she created and aged over the course of five months. The project capped off with a virtual funeral for Sylvia, as she was fondly remembered by her creators and followers on Instagram. The experiment sheds light on prevalent ageism in digital space and offers an alternative to the mainstream design of virtual humans.
A Robot Didn’t Write This Article: AI Art And The New Assembly Line
AI was invented to replace labor. Even creative professions may be tomorrow’s low-level, low-paying work––all of us cogs in an algorithm chain and the results will be bland and boring.
Be THERE Now
Telepresence—the promise of a technology that will let us “be THERE now”—is an old dream with a new urgency. But when it feels like we’re really there, it’s easy to ignore the connections facilitating our “natural” experience: the systems that mediate our communication, the workers who build and maintain them, the ecosystems and laborers who supply the raw materials.
Pandemic Hauntologies: Performing our Absence with Lonely Synthesizers
As we lose access to the prosperous future promised by the consumer boom of the 80s and 90s, vaporwave provides a kind of nostalgic look at an alternate universe. Similarly, as the pandemic stripped away the time we spend at shows or with other people, modular synths provided a facsimile of comfort and presence, having been programmed by a now absent human musician. Perhaps hauntology explains the popularity of both these phenomenons.
404 This Art Does Not Exist
Artist Owen Roberts collects series of screenshots from various missing art works – aka “dead art links” – in an attempt to patch together a timeline of when they were published, when they may have disappeared, and possibly even why they were left to die.
Layer by Layer, A Study of Scale
Nuntinee TansrisakulInteractive Article
A collection of digital sketches experimenting with our physical experiences of time.
Daily Dividuals / One Man Band
Tong WuInteractive Article
One Man Band, as the latest issue of the art project Daily Dividuals, is a fantasy monologue in which “one” exists as a collective of his/her digital and physical doppelgängers who are trapped in a monotonous daily routine.
Mina ZarfsazInteractive Article
Databending and film lend structure to this nonlinear interactive essay on scientific interpretation, appropriating the sociocultural metaphors of the microbiome to contemplate the nature of evolution. Twenty experiments are weft with queries on the theater of truth-telling.
A Slice of Shared Self
Yuguang ZhangInteractive Article
Here’s a slice of our shared self in the eyes of an AI, reflected off an algorithmically aligned/mis-aligned collective of camera feeds, including yours in real time.
Cybernetics of Sex Webzine
Cybernetics of Sex Webzine Working Group (Emma Grimm, Viola He, Melanie Hoff, Zeyao Li, Chaski No, Aileen Stanziola)Interactive Article
The Cybernetics of Sex Webzine is a shifting pool. A collection of ephemera, projects, questions, and reflections that were part of our Fall 2020 ITP class, “Cybernetics of Sex: Technology, Feminisms, & the Choreography of Control.”
Hello and welcome to ADJACENT Issue 8: DISEMBODIMENT.