HD Video, 16:9, with sound and color, 9’41”
Afroditi Psarra, Ventriloquist Ontology, video, 9’41”, PCAI Collection
It is a commissioned work by PCAI in the occasion of the exhibition Sheltered Gardens.
Ventriloquist Ontology explores the limits of control and hybridization between human and machine through the relationship of a performer and a wearable entity. This entity articulates text generated using the GPT-2 language model, trained on a dataset of texts around biopolitics, algo-governance, the surveillanced body, and queer theory, and manifests itself by producing involuntary movement through a series of linear actuators. The concept of ventriloquism is used to give agency to an ontological entity composed of subtle suggestive wearable modules, human flesh and cognitive motor abilities, born-digital, able to produce novel language, but also conditioned to reproduce the biases of its algorithmic parts.