The Other Side is a ritual performance of the mathematics of an artificial neural network with pre-digital technology. The performance references the rites and nomenclature of the modern spiritualist movement whose devotees held gatherings and séances across the western world around the turn of the 20th century hoping to communicate with spirits of the dead. By manually performing the neural network, the work frames deep learning as communion with an emergent intelligence, presenting black-box neural networks as divination and questioning contemporary narratives of machine learning as artificial intelligence.
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The other side ritual is one of a broader series of works (in progress) exploring current conversations in AI, both in academia and in the broader public sphere. If you’d like to keep in touch with the c/c/c group as this work develops, then visit the contact page.