MEMESIS / Pamela Neuwirth (AT), Harald Purrer (AT), Simone Boria (GB/AT), Photo: Pamela Neuwirth, Harald Purrer, Simone Boria


Pamela Neuwirth (AT), Harald Purrer (AT), Simone Boria (GB/AT)

MEMESIS is an oracle in the age of automation. Memesis simulates the topic of AI and provokes by means of a reverse Turing test: Are we already enough machine to deal with artificial intelligence? When you enter Memesis and use the “useless machine,” you come into contact with the Oracle. The oracle is strange and speaks in the almost extinct language of the Pirahã, which seems to contradict universal grammar: this voice indicates the current state of the machine. In the therapeutic setting of MEMESIS, the “useless machine” is the medium in the communication between human and machine: the machine thereby develops an apparent life of its own between utopia and dystopia. Irritated by the experimental set-up of the algorithm, the user of the “useless machine” does not pass the reverse Turing test, but the machine itself does, which leads to dadaistic situations.


Concept: Harald Purrer, Pamela Neuwirth. Video art: Simone Boria. Production: Gregor Hagmüller, Harald Purrer, Pamela Neuwirth.
Production/Credits: Gregor Hagmüller (AT) is a mechatronics engineer and works at the company Fronius.
Ada Productions, Linz.
Net Culture Association, Linz.

Pamela Neuwirth (AT)

Pamela Neuwirth works in the context of art, archive and radio.

Harald Purrer (AT)

Harald Purrer is an anesthesiologist, philosopher, artist.

Simone Boria (GB/AT)

Simone Boria is an artist and CEO of a VFX Company, she has worked as a theatre designer and journalist.