Artificial Intelligence and Future Micro-Histories
About the Project
How do the operations of artificial intelligence intersect with our everyday lives? And perhaps more importantly, what may be the aspirations for artificial intelligence in the future? These artificial intelligences can be hidden within familiar technology, and may be affecting our day-to-day decision-making in ways we barely think about. This project is a future-technology inspired idea in the form of a composition of a personalised collection of stories. Artificial intelligence is no longer solely consigned to the future. It exists in our present and is persistently influencing our everyday lives. Seen by some as the greatest opportunity and by others as a disaster, what does this mean for India and Bengaluru? The four art projects installed in Cubbon Park Metro envision Bengaluru in five years time. The project examines the parallels, or dissonances that exist between the concepts embodied in this big-scale industry and a life lived by an individual human being. They ask the question, ‘How will Artificial Intelligence affect people living in the city in 2024?’
Daniel Saul studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and exhibited as a painter for many years. His first film ‘The Morris Jelly House of Fashion’ (Saul, D. Channel 4 1999) was an ‘animated documentary’. ‘The Nuclear Train’ (Saul, D. ACE / Channel 4 2004), combined drama with animation and won him an award. Since then he has worked as a filmmaker, animator, curator, community artist and teacher creating commissioned films, for television, contemporary art venues and theatre. Collaborations include projects with Graeme Miller, MotiRoti, and Protein Dance Theatre, Back to Back Theatre and Station House Opera. In 2016 he founded a partnership R&D Studio with filmmaker Rachel Davies to produce work in response to diverse social/cultural situations and communities. Their first co-authored piece and a significant merger of film and theatre was ‘WINTER.’ a documentary made as part of Quarantine’s epic ‘Quartet: SUMMER. AUTUMN. WINTER. SPRING’. Chandini, their second major art was inspired by an attempt to land a robot on the Moon by a private company in Bengaluru, India. For more information, please visit www.rachelanddaniel.co
Co-Facilitator: Michael Joseph
The way I like to make films is to start with a documentary approach. But then what we like to do is introduce a more poetic aspect, It might be animation, poetry, dance. That really helps the outreach.
Having worked with technology and Artificial Intelligence, I would've never looked at it from a poetic sense and literature. It’s been really exciting having valuable conversations with Daniel and looking at various lenses and the impact of Artificial Intelligence on people's life. I'm really happy for this opportunity to learn through a different lens and grateful that I'm aware now!
We were very excited to start our installation as the possibilities to come up with an interactive project was endless. Just like the evolution of Artiﬁcial intelligence, our project too morphed and evolved with time under Daniel and Michael’s mentorship. We wanted to create something that made an impact in people’s minds about how their lives are going to be governed by algorithms.
Aashif S Khan, Agarwal Radha Hemant, Anshuman Srivastava, Anthony Aston Gavin, Apurva Katare, Ari Abraham, Aswathi Thilak, Harinder Singh Jodha, Irene Jacob, Iti Saanchie Goswamy, Jaidevh Kabo, Kaushik Gnanasekar, Kritika Hiten Ladhad, Maitreyi Bhatnagar, Noor Sharma, Pradhan Disha Amit, Saaz Jain Srivastava, Sejal Rathi, Sonal Aggarwal, Tishya Maini, Vanshika Sanghi