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Ghost Writer

Citation

Kratz, S and Hart, W, Ghost Writer, Science Gallery London, King's College, London, UK (2019) [Published Creative Work]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2019 the creators

Official URL: https://london.sciencegallery.com/spare-parts

Abstract

The Ghost Writer writing machine uses a programmed neural network to produce an ongoing narrative written in the artistís handwriting. The narrative is based on an original stream of consciousness text by the artist that reflects on the prospect of separating the mind from the body and being resurrected as an artificial life entity or digital clone.

The original narrative also includes a database of seminal works by prominent critical theorists, scientists and philosophers that engage with the mind/body problem and notions of the posthuman. Over time, the AI engine will re-combine and re-write the original story to produce a new text.

The work encourages viewers to consider what constitutes identity and the self, and how consciousness may be altered if transferred into a machine or alternative technological body. Can you replicate and transfer consciousness into a machine? Would a digital copy of a mind be a form of preservation rather than a continuation of consciousness existence?

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:digital immortality, AI, Posthumanism, new media art
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Visual arts not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Kratz, S (Dr Svenja Kratz)
UTAS Author:Hart, W (Dr William Hart)
ID Code:135897
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Art
Deposited On:2019-11-20
Last Modified:2020-09-22
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