Theme Exhibition

Moon Rabbit

Sarah Petkus (US), Mark J. Koch (US)

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Linz, In Kepler's Gardens

Since time immemorial, we humans have looked up to the heavens and wondered about the nature of our existence. And who knows – maybe one day we might even discuss this fundamental question with our digital offspring? If so, will they be able to help us discover answers in the patterns and data hidden in the starry sky? In a research and development phase lasting several months, Sarah Petkus and Mark J. Koch attempt to teach a suite of artificial intelligences to recognize familiar shapes and objects in images of star clusters, planetary surfaces, and other celestial bodies. Moon Rabbit aims to help form a team of humans and “AIs” whose focus is to discover meaning in the abstract. And maybe the AIs will even develop personalities and opinions of their own.

Sarah Petkus (US) and Mark J. Koch (US): Sarah Petkus is a roboticist and illustrator who works with her partner Mark J. Koch, an electronics engineer and software developer. Together they create wearable devices and robots designed to challenge the way people view their relationship with technology. Furthermore, Sarah Petkus and Mark J. Koch use social media and various video sharing platforms to engage in dialogue with other creators, engineers and artists around the world. In this way they hope to strengthen a creative community that focuses on their shared values.


This project is presented in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.