Two of the greatest impacts on civilization over the next decade will be Artificial Intelligence (AI) and migration. Already the... Read More
Two of the greatest impacts on civilization over the next decade will be Artificial Intelligence (AI) and migration. Already the influences of both are seen around the world, from the United States to Europe and Asia. Migrants often work low-paying maintenance jobs in new, unfamiliar countries. Meanwhile, AI is taking over those same jobs. "Be|Longing" examines the intertwined relationship of both, as intensely personalized backpacks navigate the unfamiliar space of the gallery. The number of robot/bags can be varied according to the gallery. Each unit in the work is forced to change course due to obstacles, gallery goers -- and each other. The promised ease of automated tasks in our lives joins with our anxiety of the robot/bags defining the space we occupy. As they move, we feel their personalities as each backpack/robot takes on characteristics that seem human: confident or timid, quick to move or hesitant, etc.