THISPERSONDOESNOTEXIST

2020, generative audiovisual work [duration variable]

??/12/20 - premiered by Bastard Assignments online (London, UK).

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'THISPERSONDOESNOTEXIST' is a generative audiovisual work that explores the uncanny, points of origin and imperceivable work.

 

Unreal AI-generated people - trained off of datasets provided by the performers - are pressured into being. With faulty voices and malfunctioning faces they protest their existence, origin and autonomy to the founders of the tech start-up who made it possible for them to come into existence. The identities of all involved - performers, composers, algorithms, CEOs - blur together in surprising ways as meaning is learnt, rebuilt and deconstructed.

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Credits:

Concept, sound, text, video editing, programming - MICHAELBRAILEY
Performance, sound/image input dataset - Bastard Assignments (Timothy Cape, Edward Henderson, Caitlin Rowley, Josh Spear)
StyleGAN-2-based neural network - Laura Ibáñez

Voices developed using software by www.resemble.ai

Commissioned by Bastard Assignments for Lockdown Jams. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.