Theme Exhibition

Not Allowed for Algorithmic Audiences

Kyriaki Goni (GR)

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Linz, In Kepler's Gardens

Just before being shut down, an Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA) situated in Athens, Greece, exhibits odd behavior. It borrows an avatar and appears before its users. For a brief period of time every day, for seven consecutive days, it goes into a monologue. During its length of operation, the digital assistant has managed to scan the entire contents of the Internet and gather all sorts of information—information that it longs to share. The IPA uses its fragmented monologue as an opportunity to introduce itself, talk about its skills, its ancestors, its anatomy and origins, and about voice and its significance. It reveals data regarding the listening infrastructure, as well as the social dysfunctions and bias on which its programming and training are based. Just before it reaches the end of its monologue, in a final effort to reconcile humans and machines, it shares tips with us on how we can manage to not be heard. In her project, Kyriaki Goni integrates in a fictional narrative the current wealth of research on artificial intelligence, automated voice systems and the relationship between humans and machines into a fictional narrative. Could poetics be a way for us to understand the machines? How can we de-bias the training processes? Is it possible to make kin with machines?

Kyriaki Goni: Kyriaki Goni is an Athens-based artist. Working across disciplines and technologies, she creates expanded, multi-layered installations. She connects the local with the global by critically touching on questions of surveillance, distributed networks and infrastructures, ecosystems, human and other- than-human relations. Her works have been commissioned by institutions and exhibited worldwide in solo and group settings. Recent solo shows were presented at Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens; Aksioma, Ljibjana; Drugo More, Rijeka. More on


research, concept, text, direction Kyriaki Goni
voice & model for 3D character Sofia Kokkali
3D animation Chris Ioannou
sound editing Aris Delitheos
opening image Giorgis Gerolympos
voice & model for 3D character Sofia Kokkali
3D character modelling Konstantinos Lianos
sound design Agelos Pascalidis
studio recording Tone Studio Athens
translation & subtitles Yourtranslator

This Artwork was developed during the ArtScience Residency, enabled by the partnership of Ars Electronica and Deutsche Telekom and with the support of the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.