IF AI/AIBOHPORTSUALC 2020
Single Channel HD video.
running time: 4 minutes 25 seconds
‘IF AI’ is a speculative fiction project that unfolds in nine short animated ‘chapters’. Together they tell the story of an emergent AI modeled on the cognitive and behavioral tendencies of an octopus. The purpose of this AI is to expand planetary interspecies communications, open pathways of embodiment and better understand how collective and individual entities exchange energy and create power.
As each arm of the octopus has its own brain while being connected by a ninth central brain, each ‘chapter’ in this work addresses a different condition of being. From the outset we conceive them as occurring simultaneously, though of necessity they are created sequentially.
IF AI / AIBOHPORTSUALC is the first chapter made. It deals with the sense of claustrophobia, confinement and limited range of motion that speaks to our current Covid-19 global moment.
Thanks to Megan Bagshaw for VFX Supervision and David van Rensburg for sound editing.