We tend to identify ourselves with the jobs we do. It is very common to ask “what do you do?” as a communication starter when you meet someone new. Jobs are not only something we do for
The introduction of AI in our workplaces is often discussed with
“Artificial Intelligence and its False Lies” is a series of workwear/ uniform that
Will AI replace our jobs? Will AI threat our identity? Are these problems a result of AI? These were some of the questions moving the artist Mika Satomi in the residency “Artificial Intelligence and its False Lies (AIFalseLies)”. In this residency, she worked with the project CONFIRM, a research project focused on smart manufacturing, aiming to develop methods for automated decision systems. Together, they have discussed about the role of technology in our lives and, specifically, its impact on our jobs. Instead of observing fearfully from a distance, Mika Satomi proposes us to reflect on these questions by challenging us to get closer to the machine’s world. If we could wear AI, would it influence how we do things? The resulting artwork consists of a series of embroidered Artificial Neural Network prototypes, accompanied by a short film that captured the ideas discussed during the residency. The final prototype, a whole-body garment, was shaped as a ghost, built to allow us to become a body of a machine that learn from us and continue “dreaming” about us in our absence.
Artificial Intelligence and Its False Lies at CENTQUATRE-Paris during the STARTS Residencies Days 2020 @ Quentin Chevrier
AIFalseLies was a good opportunity for willing members of the research group to take time to reflect on the place of their work in a broader context, what was perceived as being important for them, as this type of conversations are sparse. By producing the interview film, the residency also allowed them to recognise their common interests and approach to computer science and artificial intelligence in general, while putting into light their diverse opinions on broader topics. The process of formulating ideas and listening to ideas coming from their peers was a great opportunity for them to think critically about their research work in a broader societal and maybe political context. Through this residency, CONFIRM was also stimulated to explore new concepts and methods, namely the idea of learning movements and habits of workers. The possibility to develop and implement new ways of engaging the public with their work is also perceived as being relevant to them. Thanks to AIFalseLies, the Confirm research group enhanced their recognition of an artistic critical view and are discussing the creation of a program to stimulate regular collaboration with artists, including Mika Satomi.
Interview with Mika Satomi at CENTQUATRE-Paris, during the STARTS Residencies Days 2020
From the perspective of Mika Satomi, the residency allowed her to step into a new topic and technique of AI. The experience of learning how ANN and machine learning works opened up new possibilities for her to explore more deeply and fluently this much-discussed topic of AI. AIFalseLies was the first of a series of works that she intends to conduct concerning AI and its role in society. Due to the collaboration with CONFIRM, she was able to identify many artistic possibilities to be explored behind the AI algorithms.
Residency final video