concept: create philosophy with your hands
research questions: How can we think with our hands?
execution: Clay as a tactile and natural medium was used as an interface with two neural networks. The user's hands formed the clay and a neural network tried to identify the shape of it. This served as a seed for another neural network trained on metaphysics to generate new philosophical quotes in real-time.
The installation took the users through the Uncanny Valley of a deep neural network dreaming about life and existence: An extension of their mind, based on the simple input of forming a piece of clay with their bare hands. The resulting quotes were both non-sensical and insightful at the same time. Here a few examples:
__ “The mind can be real”
__ “The sense there is a supernatural truth.”
__ “This is a positive space.”
__“The infinite beauty of the actual existence of evil.”
__ “The beginning which is the end.”
tools: clay, machine learning (densecap, charRNN)