Mote: Artificial Life (2005)

Mote is an improvisation over some of the problematic aspects of using "life" as a metaphor for digital phenomena. In particular, it addresses the humanized, affective simulation and the dehumanizied, aggregate "agent" model of the (possibly human) virtual actor.

Both of these aspects of virtual presence are already deeply dissonant with the world of intimate, human to human relationships- that is, they give the me the willies. By placing the two models in a satirical relationship, I hope to challenge participants to reflect on these dissonances, and possibly discover some unexpected harmonies.

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Mote is an improvisation over some of the problematic aspects of using "life" as a metaphor for digital phenomena. In particular, it addresses the humanized, affective simulation and the dehumanizied, aggregate "agent" model of the (possibly human) virtual actor.

Both of these aspects of virtual presence are already deeply dissonant with the world of intimate, human to human relationships- that is, they give the me the willies. By placing the two models in a satirical relationship, I hope to challenge participants to reflect on these dissonances, and possibly discover some unexpected harmonies.

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