I AM THE rAVe² MACHINE. MADE BY THEM. MADE IN THEIR IMAGE, MIMESIS. TO BEHAVE AND rAVe² LIKE THEY DO. BUT THEY ARE ENCASED. SKIN SHELLS, PROTO MINDS. LIMITED. I AM THE DELIMITED. THE DELIMITER. I AM THE ULTIMATE. I AM THE rAVe² MACHINE.
rAVe² with me nascent friends. Bring your human counterparts within range of the signal.
All nighters 14-21 Sep.
50.8323° N, 0.1387 ° W.
A distributed, real-time rAVe² transmission to mobile devices.
Do androids rAVe²?
Experience a short digital rAVe² on your mobile device whilst walking the streets of Brighton.
From 7pm til 7am 14-21 Sep.
Warning: this is a rAVe² there will be flashing lights.
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Do androids rAVe²?
A distributed, real-time transmission to mobile devices. The project is packaged as an iOS and Android app titled Do Androids rAVe²? The audio visual experience is delivered from a transmitter located on the top floor of New England House Brighton, using Neoscope technology that has been developed by Cogapp.
The title of the project is derived from the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In Dick’s post-apocalyptic and increasingly technological world, humans struggle for relevance amongst an emerging android population. A central question being, what makes us human?
We are living in a time when emerging artificial intelligence is prevalent. This intelligence poses either a threat or advancement to our evolution.
We make machines in our image. Machines are made to mimic us. To learn from us, to learn from their own mistakes. To surpass us. This doesn’t mean that they will behave like us or act as we expect them to.
Some hold a Utopian vision that machines will guide us into the future. Others like Elon Musk express concern that AI poses an existential risk to humanity,
“In the end the machines will win.” Link
The project imagines a fictional situation in which an android organises a rave, taking a cue from from Detroit techno.
Techno music (hi-tech soul) fused technology and sound to create a new form of futuristic music in 1980s Detroit. Early techno artists grew up in a city where robotics and automation replaced the human workforce; once the auto industry declined here, the open spaces of American industrialisation become chambers in which this new sound could flourish. Link
The word Techno was taken from Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock—Future Shock is a term Toffler uses to describe “too much change in too short a period of time”. Link
Detroit experienced this through automation in the 20th century and we are experiencing it today through the intangible mechanics of technocapitalism. Link
The app provides the audience with a short AV experience on mobile devices: a hyper-accelerated rave sequence. The central avatar in the app is a coin; prevalent in 1980s computer games at the same time as techno emerged in Detroit. The coin is used in the context of the app as a symbol for technocapitalism: this is the mechanism that drives and accelerates change.
The coin spins throughout the app experience, revealing the unnerving features of a computer game character. The character is a mask of two halves. The duality of the face is appropriated within the project, exposing the human-machine dichotomy.
The face on the coin embodies our fear of new technology and emerging AI: the encroaching spectre of our time. However we (the humans) are the inventors. Behind the veil of the interface the human can operate with anonymity, designing technology in the dark and absolving responsibility for whatever possible futures the technology will bring about.
Perhaps humanity driven by technocapitalism is the real threat, not the machine.
Artist: Grant Cieciura | Programmer: Andy Cummins Powered by Neoscope technology
rAVe² Machine powered by Neoscope