The different stages of the author's portrait depict the Artificial Intelligence (AI) training process creating a synthetic image which is indistinguishable from the original. Drawing parallels to cognitive processes of human experience, all AI algorithms that are being trained become more capable and self-aware. In the times when these seemingly invisible yet ever-present technologies are carrying out an increasing number of critical tasks - from calculating individual credit scores to flying military drones, it seems appropriate to ask the question - is it the time yet to talk about a united artificial intelligence or superintelligence?
Soil is covering our planet's surface and it has a vital role for sustaining life processes. There is a contemporary theory proposing that the Earth is a unified and conscious self-regulating system, consisting of numerous subsystems, in which all organisms and their inorganic surroundings are closely integrated, maintaining conditions for life on the planet. This is the theory of Gaia, named after the Greek goddess who symbolises Earth, which suggests that the planet itself is alive. Soil Mate explores the relationship between art, mythology and science. Inspired by the aesthetics of Stone Age's Venus figures, the virtual 3D sculpture represents the contemporary version of Gaia. It is covered with the texture generated using various soil samples found in the Esplanade Park, where the sculpture is virtually located.
In the work Mežs (Forest) author has created speculative tree species which in the future will cover the Earth to maintain the planets natural balance. Large databases of different tree species have been used to train the Artificial Intelligence algorithm to create a collection of future trees. This collection of trees is an unimaginable, abstract and absurd simulation of the nature in the future. Several virtual trees from this collection are planted in the Esplanade Park.
Five 360-degree virtual photographic spheres visualises an artistic reconstruction of the changing landscape of the Esplanade Park in Riga at different historical periods, from the prehistoric time to the 20th century. We experience the world around us with our five senses. However, metaphysical perspective recognises also the sixth sense, an extrasensory perception which allows to feel time and space from an entirely different point of view. Today, this natural ability has been transformed and augmented by contemporary science and smart technologies. The Augmented Reality technologies offers new experiences of the space and time by combining various scenes of the past with the present.
To experience the virtual artworks of the Augmented Experience exhibition, download the Sensus Art – mobile augmented reality application!
The artworks are virtually located in the Esplanade Park next to the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga.
Sensus Art app is developed by RIXC in co-operation with Overly company. Curated by Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits, the Augmented Experiences exhibition is the Sensus Art pilot project, produced by RIXC with a support by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia – KultūrELPA program.
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