24/7 Machine Kinship: The Impossible Duet
What does it mean to vanish from earth when you are not human?
In 1987 the Kauai OO was recorded singing his final song. It was meant to be a duet, but as the last of his kind his song hangs in the air, unanswered. The other half of the duet is forever lost to us.
Built to sing at dawn, birds must wake up earlier and earlier to try and sing before human chaos interferes.
So here, it is always almost sunrise.
As a parallel past-future response, the last Kauai OO birdsong was fed into an artificial intelligence model created to record human voices, but instead is hearing the last birdsong recording and creating the impossible response. It will join him in a technological afterlife in the form of a ghostly flower, whose color proteins were removed to replace it with the bird heartbeat. This is a moment frozen in time, of an impossible duet. The AI will try to learn the song before dawn.
24/7 Machine Kinship: The impossible Duet
Sound, Machine Learning software, silicone, electronics, glass, water, proteins, air, steel.
4 x 4'
What does it mean to die alone when you are the last of your kind? As extinction rates speed up, animals see their relatives dying more often, sometimes as in the case of birds, they don’t have enough time to learn the whole language. Is this creating an awareness of their mortality?, as science makes us believe we can be immortal?
Sound, 3D print, silicone, electronics, tubes
44 x 30 cm
As extinction rates speed up, animals see their relatives dying more often, sometimes as in the case of birds, they don’t have enough time to learn the whole language. Is this creating an awareness of their mortality?, as science make us believe we can be immortal?
Sound, Blown glass, 3d printed parts, water, proteins, electronics, steel
40 x 21cm (approx.)
This project is not science fiction but rather a fictionalization to raise questions about existing science. While using technology to repair the solitude of extinction, emphasizes the impossibility of repair or recover what is lost.