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Richard Janeček, Radovan Kissoczy: At last, he saw the entrance

Authors, Exhibition Title: Richard Janeček, Radovan Kissoczy: At last, he saw the entrance
Venue: Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, New wing of Koppel villa, Zelený
kríček 3,Trnava
Curated by: MgA. Milan Mikuláštík
Opening of the exhibition: 12th September 2019 at 6 pm
Duration of the exhibition: 12/09 – 15/10/2019


Project At last, he saw the entrance is a collaboration between Radovan Kissoczy (CZ/SK)
and Richard Janeček (CZ) and its concept derives from their parallel work where the focal point was the contemporary position of image and language.

Image, language and memory (which encompasses both), exist today in a liquid state.
Their sorting and administration is being increasingly carried out by digital algorithms such as the notorious artificial intelligence algorithms (A.I.), which thus have unprecedented influence on human communication and the overall access to information. In this position, where these algorithms are directly responsible for our digital experiences, they increasingly fulfill the description of what we commonly describe as ‘the divine’. They are everywhere and nowhere at the same time, without a clear authorship and their exact function and mode of operation are generally opaque and unknown.

As British author George Orwell wrote in his book 1984: “Who controls the past, controls the future, and who controls the present, controls the past”. This sentence fulfills the vision, where the contemporary A.I. plays an at most subversive role, through its role as a administrator of digital information. From the outset, they are the products of aggressive capitalist giants such as Google, Amazon or Apple, and we should contemplate whether their development is driven solely by good intentions.

In this exhibition, a series of three installations essentially let the A.I. itself to interpret actual topics as well as aspects of communication and dialogue. All of the texts and dialogues have been created exclusively by using the artificial intelligence GPT2.

The back-plates of TV sets installed on the walls are ready made objects, which function as
monoliths of overproduction and subversivity. They are taken from trash and dangerous waste, and are refurbished back into their originally clean and minimalist form. The intervention of A.I. occurs through miniature stickers and warnings, which commonly appear on electronic products. These texts are almost unreadable and often imperceptible, and in this case are created exactly to be overlooked by the viewer.

In the center, a video projection depicts a parking lot clouded in a dense fog with endless
number of weaned vehicles. The unfair and predatory practices by the Volkswagen Corporation culminated in the “Dieselgate” affair in 2015, when it was revealed that the company installed illegal secret software that reduced emissions during laboratory testing, and bypassed contemporary ecological guidelines with at least 11 million vehicles.

The scene contains a dialogue between the individual vehicles, as products, with questions
taken from various interviews with managers from the VW Corporation and automotive experts on the affair. The Answers to these questions were generated by the A.I. and it puts the vehicles into a role, where they essentially talk about themselves and attempt to interpret their own situation.

The three black speakers, in the final installation, imitate the voice and home assistants
created by companies such as Google or Amazon. These products constantly listen in on their owners and collect information about them and their surroundings. They are capable of limited communication on the basis of A.I. ( such as modern chatbots or Apple’s Siri ). Within the scope of this installation, these feigned products communicate with each other through a dialogue, whilst actively using the A.I. to generate questions and answers.

This installation thus contains a series of personal questions, to which the A.I. reacts and
builds upon in its conversation with itself. Here lies one of the main aspect of the A.I. used, and that is its function and especially the content, from which it constructs its responses. The A.I. is named GPT2 and was created by researchers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and it has a language and grammatical core taken from internet content – such as discussion forums or social networks. GPT2 thus takes people’s own ideas as they manifest online, and organizes them on the basis of probabilistic algorithms, which then appear outside of their original contexts and often in absurd forms.

MgA. Milan Mikuláštík


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