KEIKEN: "HONEY, I'M DATA"
Location: Het Huis Theatre Hall
As a web of narratives fabricates reality, it is also conditioned, shaped and governed by algorithmic design. This performative and immersive lecture will unfold the implications of artificial intelligence for the traditional human narratives of reality, fact, fiction and truth in a techno-capitalist society.
Performance featuring Suzannah Pettigrew, with live sound from Nati Cerutti, live streamed performance from AGF HYDRA, Video design by George Jasper Stone, and including extracts from a conversation with Natasha Vita-More.
Keiken are a collaborative networked practice, working with artists and musicians who merge the latest technologies such as VR with music and interactive contemporary art. Keiken are often comprised of multiple collaborators due to its immersive and expansive nature merging multiple voices and mediums to create immersive experiences. Keiken’s praxis applies world-building as a technique to imagine networked, layered futures. In order to see an all encompassing future and test-drive implications. In our self-driving cars we accelerate through crapitalism, piles of data and knowledge, trying to not steer into a strange direction. We look at our out of date, emotional compass, not one way is reality. We throw our compass out the window and look straight ahead. Who is in control? Blinded by subjectivity, we are about to crash. No longer scared of death, we can wake up to open source, our phygital sunrise. AI new day, AI life 4 u and me and our multiple bodies. Keiken, meaning experience, is the nucleus of their philosophy and practice where they strive to push the boundaries of immersivity. Using narrative and game theories they activate networked spaces and stories for the audience to live out. This is then used as a site in which the consciousness of archetypal stereotypes and figures are used to unravel the futures and ramifications of our accelerating technological age. Keiken have exhibited and curated at CTM and Transmediale Vorspiel festival, U Studio at Tate St Ives, London Design Festival, Hervisions, Second Home, London and Newlyn Art Gallery. They have also presented lectures, talks and workshops at LUX Moving Image, KNOW-WAVE Radio, and Goldsmiths University, University of Arts (LCC) and Falmouth University. They were the first artists to have their virtual reality film projected 22,000 light years into space by Jon Pettigrew for Planet3artnews.