BY JISUN KIM / IN ENGLISH WITH GERMAN SURTITLES
In “Deep Present”, the South Korean director Jisun Kim explores the idea of outsourcing as a central concept of our time, and one that is fundamentally changing human cognition. It was originally an industrial strategy intended to lower costs. But nowadays, governments even delegate warfare to private-sector companies. Once turned into a universal principle, outsourcing leads to widespread desensitization. Pain or fear are removed or turned emotions as easily digested as sugar cubes.
Artificial intelligence (AI) marks the pinnacle of this development that has spread to every conceivable domain. People are outsourcing their last unique ability – to reason – and letting algorithms do the work so that mass data can be more accurately and more efficiently processed. What is the driving force behind this gigantic leap?
In “Deep Present”, four types of AI are present on stage like characters in a play, each with his or her own unique voice. These reproductions of human cognition work like mirror images. People, the species that outsources its abilities to others, and the machine that executes these commands, face each other. Fundamental questions arise as to the logic of this division of labour. Who benefits from it? Where does it lead?
Conception and direction Jisun Kim Performers HAL, AIBO, Libidoll, Tathata Producer Seonghee Kim Collaborative producer Shinu Kim Technical director Jimmy Kim Conversational artificial intelligence development Intelligent System Research Lab, Korea Aerospace University —Supervisor: Professor Sungdo Chi —Executive: Hyungeun Kim, Isaac Kim Hardware production of Libidoll and Tathata Donghyo Kim AIBO costume production Gaain Doll (Sanghee An) Props The Art Society Intro video/image production Sounion Hong Lighting design Takayuki Fujimoto/Kinsei R&D Lighting operator Junghyun Jeong Sound design Taesoon Jang Special thanks to Yuko Uematsu, Noriko Mitsuya, Norimatsu Nobuyuki, Ooi Fumihiko (Kofukuji 光福寺), Mobara Sangyo (茂原産業)
Co-produced by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; KUNSTEN- FESTIVALDESARTS; Wiener Festwochen and SPRING Performing Arts Festival Supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Seoul Metropolitan Government; Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture; Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity; Doosan Art LAB of Doosan Art Center, Arts Council Korea
Part of the festival “Politik der Algorithmen – Kunst, Leben, Künstliche Intelligenz” from June 11 to 16, 2019