Theme Exhibition

The Wandering Mind

Gershon Dublon (US), Xin Liu (CN), with guest artist Xiao Xiao (US/FR)

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Thu Sep 9, 2021, 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Fri Sep 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Fri Sep 10, 2021, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).
Linz, In Kepler's Gardens (THU: Presentation - Festival University Stage, FRI: 15:30 Presentation - Festival University Stage, 17:00 Performance - Soundpark)

The Wandering Mind is an AI-powered performance platform for shaping dreams with the sounds of our world. Sampling tiny fragments of sound from tens of thousands of global field recordings found online, the system generates a winding sound journey for sleeping and meditating audiences.
In our curated performances, group naps and guided mind-wanderings, dream guides convene a collective action of sleeping together. Drawing largely from found sound of parks and public spaces across the world, we respond to the past years, in which stay-at-home orders have torn old social fabrics and mass uprisings have constituted new ones, and through which digital and physical public space has played a pivotal and transformative role.
In this special presentation, entitled “Field Sketches from Imaginary Travels,” Wandering Mind guest performer Xiao Xiao combines the live micro-sampled soundscapes with improvisational theremin, keyboard, and vocals. Like an artist on a nature stroll who copies interesting visual forms as gestures in a sketchbook, Xiao weaves impromptu compositions of sonic gestures by transcribing and elaborating seeds from the ambient auditory surroundings.

Gershon Dublon (US) and Xin Liu (CN): Slow immediate is the creative studio of Gershon Dublon and Xin Liu. As artists and electrical/mechanical engineers, their practices range from performances, sculptures, and films to technological systems and academic papers. Their VR film, Living Distance, explores an individual’s place in the cosmos, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2020). Dublon and Liu are currently visiting artist-scientists at DVIC, Paris, exploring the use of AI systems to support mind-wandering.

slow immediate is the creative studio of Gershon Dublon and Xin Liu. As artists and electrical/mechanical engineers, their practices range from performances, sculptures, and films to technological systems and academic papers. Their VR film, Living Distance, explores an individual’s place in the cosmos, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2020). Dublon and Liu are currently visiting artist-scientists at DVIC, Paris, exploring the use of AI systems to support mind-wandering.

Fascinated by the meeting of music and the mind, Xiao Xiao’s recent works include Minds in the Making, an interactive installation that depicts historic metaphors for the mind, and illustrations for Inventive Minds, a set of essays on learning by Marvin Minsky. She is co-inventor of T-Voks, a theremin augmented to sing with lyrics, and currently works on an interface to help learners acquire intonation of foreign languages using a gesture-controlled vocal synthesizer at Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris.

Credits

Support for the Wandering Mind comes from Ars Electronica and the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab (AILab), which granted the artists a residency in 2019, as well as from the Onassis Foundation and MAXMachina. Special thanks to residency hosts Mariano Sardon, Rocio Pilar and MUNTREF Arte-Ciencia, Buenos Aires. Nicholas Gillian and Nan Zhao contributed extensive creative and engineering support early on. Academic research and development on the Wandering Mind platform is underway at DVIC, Paris, with the support of Pôle Leonard de Vinci. Creative Commons licensed and public domain source material for the AI-powered sampler comes largely from the contributors to Radio Aporee, and was retrieved from the Internet Archive.