- Part of...David Rokeby: Silicon Remembers Carbon
- Gallery 1
"The Giver of Names (Gallery 2) is awash in a sea of a language it can manipulate but cannot understand. Its plight and its 'loneliness' seemed to demand a social group. So I imagined a group of intelligent agents, hanging out in some corner of the internet during their idle time, jamming with their synthetic wits... trying out language on each other... perhaps finding their own patois... making this alien language somehow their own."
In Gallery 1 audiences encounter a community of computers suspended from the ceiling - which are chatting or chanting - images of ears are on the screens. The listening ears are cupped to concentrate; words spoken by visitors trigger the system to find associations from a pool of related words. When left alone the computers will synchronize their streams of consciousness, chanting associated words in unison.