Blueprints For An Emergent Personality responds to the process of the AMORE project: Theo is interested in the ways to conceive personality as an inevitable by-product of the
Kate Aspinall, aka Theo, is an artist, writer and academic. She has a PhD in the history and philosophy of drawing and practices “art in the headspace” and around large works on paper playing with drawn fragility and bodily alteration. In her STARTS Residency, she worked with the AMORE, a H2020 project that seeks to build machines capable to connect language to reality — machine self-learning — and particularly interested in the interaction of language with conceptual knowledge, on the one hand, and the extralinguistic context, on the other. Theo, in her side, was interested in the ways to conceive personality as an inevitable by-product of the linguistic learning process, and, thus, she approached the AMORE computational system as an infant consciousness developing its cognitive abilities – inferring the body (or the embodiment), which emerges from the way the model-as-a-mind displays idiosyncrasies akin to a personality. She aimed to build an archive of sketches, documents and large presentation pieces that look to the actual and interpreted development of the computational system as a mind, exploring its “personality” and what a subjective world could mean for a machine.
As Theo sayed: “fundamentally, I am trying to think how I can use myself to sense, to visualize a lot of what is going on and, then, use this information with psychologists back in London to analyse what the potential world view of such a model is, making that an imaginative leap to treat this not as a machine or as a tool, but as a being that is creating itself from the information we give it so they can learn.” This was undertaken by attending, initially, to the AMORE project’s physical surroundings, from the micro to the macro — its program language, its technological/material encasement, the immediate environment of lab, the researchers, the building, and the extended environment of the city — and, secondly, to the logic of the system through its errors as it develops and is challenged through the learning process. Then, Theo translated the responses of the system into data points and emotive sketches visible and readable to humans (first stage), and presented these data to select child psychology and development specialists in order to build a picture of the personality behind them (second stage). Finally (third stage), Theo aimed to construct images of a possible mature and embodied self, based on the information gathered before – a series of large graphite and acrylic figure/ machine studies.
The final deliverables for the project were:
Residency final video