From Ear to Mouth

From Ear to Mouth is a generative sound installation designed for reflecting on the meaning of “thinking” together with an artificial intelligence.

When the audience enters the installation, they will find two large screens hanging on opposite sides of the room. On the one screen a video of an ear is shown, while across the room the other shows a video of a mouth. Never played simultaneously, the films alternate between the ear and the mouth.  The ear is opening to the audience and the mouth is composing poems.

When the ear gestures to the audience that it is listening, the audience must respond to a question, related to thinking, generated by the artificial intelligence. After receiving the audience’s answer, the artificial intelligence will begin to sing a song; a new question on thinking, based on the audience’s response. Participating in this endless loop of questioning, humans and AI can create music with no definite answer.

In this installation, we will not encounter a conventional AI, created to answer our questions.

Instead, we meet a new intelligence which creates such questions, and in turn we are shaping, becoming new ourselves while trying to answer these questions.

In the 21st century, coexisting with artificial intelligence, what shall become of thinking, for humans?