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Canny

2013

HD video, stereo sound, 2 minute 54 second loop

An Actroid sits deep inside a Google data center. She is performing Google and Youtube searches for examples of onscreen mental arithmetic by TV game show hostesses. She searches for calculations performed by Carol Vorderman and Rachel Riley on Britain’s Countdown, and by Lily Serna on the Australian show Numbers and Letters. The Actroid vocalises the first-page results of each online search, quoting verbatim from the web and flaunting the fixations of the hive mind.

Artist: Elena Knox
Light and camera: Campbell Drummond
Assist: Lindsay Webb
Additional sound: Cinemafia
Permissions: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), University of Tokyo, in association with the Creative Robotics Lab, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design
Production: Lull Studios

Screenings/Exhibitions

Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Exhibition, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan 2017–18
Alter, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland 2016
Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, UNSW Galleries, Sydney 2015
Film Cunst, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney 2014