The Garden of Eden
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AWARDS 2020 FINALISTS
The Garden of Eden is in response to today’s developments in artificial intelligence.
The origin of human intelligence is still an unsolved mystery.
Can wisdom and consciousness arise, eventually, from artificial intelligence?
Should we push the boundaries of technology towards the creation of sentient beings?
This situation reminds that of Adam and Eve. When they got access to the Garden of Eden they weren’t able to control their impulses, and eventually were rejected from Paradise.
We’re now playing the part of God. How will our Artificial Intelligence creations behave in our world?
And, if they get rogue, do we have a place where we can relegate them?
Here Eve is a robotic creature, and as such she’s not alive.
The forbidden fruit here symbolizes the singularity — the moment when technology will become alive, and gain the status of species, rather than object.
Eve is attracted by the fruit, but she’s governed by code, not conscious thoughts.
Why are we designing robots that behave and look like humans?
What materializes the transition between mechanical and alive?
How can we recognize this change of nature?
Those questions are addressed in “The Garden of Eden”, which exposes the moment this transition will possibly happen.
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Yiming Yang (Special thanks to Fabio Fidanza who made the sound)
Yiming Yang is an experimental artist.
She has graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2020.
Her recent work titled Barbie Nonsense Instrument, a self-sustained, unpredictable, interactive musical instrument was featured at Apple Store Regent Street.
She has also presented her work in Tate Modern, Microsoft and Power Station of Art.
Yiming is currently working to open her personal studio and complete her multimedia project.
Her work pushes forward the horizons of today’s post Anthropocene visions, where utopia and dystopia clash in uncertainty.