Conscious Machine Series: Part 1: Proposal Lecture

Jessica Field

2014, 28:00 minutes, colour, english

TAPECODE 2096.01

The Conscious Machine: A Futurist Art Generator Lecture Video Series (2014 – in Progress)
This is a video project that is performed in three parts: the proposal lecture, the research lecture and the final results lecture. The project is informed by the Futurist manifestos, current sources of multiagent artificial intelligence coding practices, the results of an actual Artificial Life project and by the female body in how it is affected by the stages of motherhood from pregnancy, breastfeeding and the physical consequences of this visceral experience. The subject of the video is a female character who is creating a human being and nurturing it in the lecture series about creating an artificial life system that will surpass human creativity, making the human being obsolete. This artificial life system that is modeled on the misogynist Futurist manifestos. The video work oscillates between providing a believable coding model to feeling like a hoax. The project is built on the ideas and values of a dominant social order of what is important and good for society and shows that marginalized ideas and values are the core that realizes the dominant ideas and values. This irony is intended to question universal thinking and show the value of impartial judgement in seeing how something initially marginalized on a social level may be an integral element to achieve a technical advancement.

The Conscious Machine: A Futurist Art Generator: Proposal Lecture, December 2014 (28 min)
The first lecture is focused on proposing the construction of the Futurist Art Generator and building the argument that this machine will surpass human creativity because it can show the motion of the creative process in real time in the vision of the futurists and that this creative process can done by multiple agents working as one entity to remove the biases of the individual which a human artist cannot do. The female character delivering the lecture is 8 months pregnant and the body of the character is adding many nuances to the lecture such as shortness of breath and other physical limitations of a body so preoccupied by human creation. The futurists marginalized women so this video shows the marginalized successfully bringing to life the ideas of futurist’s manifesto that their paintings failed to achieve, the notion of showing the movement of thought in the act of being creative.

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