SOUGWEN CHUNG: becoming entangled with machines, Ana Prendes, δημοσίευση στο CLOT MagazineMarilena Pateraki
The technological hype around artificial intelligence is (fortunately) been counteracted by an ever-growing number of researchers, artists, and writers that work toward revealing the social and political implications of the infrastructures underpinning its technology.
Since 2014, Sougwen Chung has designed and constructed custom robots programmed with neural networks trained on her drawings gestures and biometrics. The artist and (re)searcher rejects understanding technology as a tool, but she embodies the idea of constructing robotic collaborators. Working with computer vision, biosensors, augment and virtual reality, and neural networks, Chung performs along with these mechanical arms, which imitate her sketching movements and draw in perfect synchrony with her.
Chung thinks of these robots, each of these called D.O.U.G (Drawing Operations Unit, Generation), as ‘co-creative systems’, blurring the edges of creative agency between humans and systems. Finding the technical challenges inspiring, her creative process is marked by her intuition and trust in unexpected automatization outcomes.
Chung has developed five generations of D.O.U.Gs. From researching human and computer vision to memory with deep learning and recurrent neural networks, her latest drawing operations unit explores bio-mimetic robotics. Inspired by the idea that robots can also manifest human features not just perform our duties, Generation 4 (the ones shown during Frieze London last year) is connected to the electrical activity of her brain through an electroencephalogram (EEG).
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