Influenced by Push 1 stop, Intercity-Express, Mutek Japan, Tokyo, 12 December 2019.
Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules (Push 1 stop) and Tetsuji Ohno (Intercity-Express) present INFLUENCED, a new collaborative work reflecting on the use of social networks and the rise of artificial intelligence in our democracies. Audiences are propelled into an uncurated virtual world, accompanied by futuristic sounds of abstract noise and melodic beeps.
The performance of 35 minutes is based on a video installation of Desbiens-Desmeules, Alter Ego.
The artwork is presenting massive amounts of images uploaded live by millions of users of the social network Instagram, using most popular hashtags. Hundreds of photos are quickly exposed as they take the form of deepfake “influencers”, human faces that have been generated by Artificial Intelligence. As they navigate the virtual space, audiences are left wondering what is simply altered or completely fabricated.