Alex Braga explores the relationship between future, art, society and technology, between mankind and machines.
SPLEEN MACHINE documents years of Alex Braga’s research in the field of AI, and the creation of a new musical instrument called A-MINT, which is the keystone to so-called “Augmented Music.”
In SPLEEN MACHINE, a robot seems stuck in a mystic crisis and begins to pray. Though exponentially more efficient than humans, machines will never succeed in connecting to a metaphysical world, were the meaning of life itself is shaped. That is why humankind will always be the centerpiece of our sustainable development, and why machines will never replace us.
But beware: nowadays spiritual gestures are becoming meaningless for humans as well. If we let go our humanity, we also reliquish our grasp on the beauty and meaning of life. This has been defined as the new Digital Humanism. We are the guardians of the Meaning of Life. Machines are the force to help us forge the future.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Alex Braga: Konzept – Musik – Visuals
Musik KI-Software: Alex Braga – Francesco Riganti Fulginei – Antonino Laudani
Visuelle KI-Software: Alex Braga – Francesco Riganti Fulginei – Antonino Laudani – Massimiliano Nicolardi
Roboter: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Nikos Tsagarakis
Alex Braga straddles many worlds. He is a musician, a conceptual artist and an inventor. Regardless of the hat he is wearing, though, his goal remains the same; “to find the infinite inside the finite boundaries of our world.” As a conceptual artist this involves thinking of ways in which he can throw himself into the unknown, creating pieces that evolve from pure simplicity into infinite complexity.