I have been an exhibiting artist since 1974. In the 1970's and 1980's I made
films, videotapes, and installation works that were shown and collected
internationally. Since 1991, I have created and exhibited interactive installation
works that have also been shown very widely, including museum and gallery
exhibitions in the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, The Netherlands,
Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Japan, and Korea.
My overarching interest is in the exploration of the human mind, and to this end, I
have pursued a generally philosophical sort of artmaking, exploring visual and
spoken language, thought, and perception. I would like to believe that I am
involved with artmaking as a means of creating objects and installations that
question and participate in the discourses of our social imagination, how we
create visual representations of our selves in one way or another, and find (or try
to find) meaning within it.
This project will take as its primary point of departure my most recent works in
which artificially "intelligent", computerdriven lifelike silicone heads are engaged in
improvisational conversations. The conversations which they carry on are neither
completely scripted, nor are they random; rather, the software I have written gives
each a "personality", a vocabulary, associative habits, obsessions, and other
peculiarities, which make their conversations quirky, surprising, and often startling.
They also intend to raise questions about computer intelligence and intelligence (and
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