Temporary House of Home
For _Reading Interiors, _the artist Tivon Rice trained a number of AI voices to engage with images from Het Nieuwe Instituut's archives. Photos and illustrations of interiors are analysed and described by a machine learning system that operates somewhere on the spectrum of human and non-human language while hallucinating narratives within each scene. As the AI 'voices' were trained on the work of various writers - from anthropology and philosophy, to economics, fiction, and children's literature - they create a speculative comparison of the different forms of language that surround our personal spaces. Each suggesting a different way of perceiving what is meaningful in an interior.
About Reading Interiors
The voices of the child, the home, the space, the worker and the other** **explore how Covid has altered our relationships with the home. How has our experience of the domestic been impacted as our private spaces have become sites of education, work, and virtual socialisation? How do we critically understand the digital and tele-present dimensions of language? And are there opportunities to work creatively through these channels?
Over the course of the exhibition_,_ a second archive of interiors will be gradually grow by public submissions of interior images. The empty backdrops of video-calls, COVID-caves, domestic animal spaces, and other interiors will also be read by the five AI voices to create additional windows into our 'private' spaces - recognising that notions of 'privacy' have been blurred as our homes have become expanded sites of virtual and social activity.
Read a conversation with Tivon Rice about his own changing sense of home during COVID-19, the initial ideas and choices made during the development process of Reading Interiors, and working with A.I. in artistic practice.