Lost in Computation (2017)
Comissioner / Client
FABRICA, Treviso (it)
Raspberry Pi x 2, Chromium, Node.js, Socket.io, Cleverbot, Google Translate

Inspired by the nature of my own conversations with Italians during my residency at FABRICA Research Centre, “Lost in Computation” embodies a realtime multilingual conversation between a Swedish and an Italian-speaking chatbot, translated through Google Translate.

The conversation highlights the level of sophistication machine-learning algorithms have achieved thus reflecting how the abstraction of numerous layers of hidden computation fragments our communication in today’s digital landscape, on logical as well as on cultural level.

Originally created for FABRICA Research Centre’s celebration of UN International Mother Language Day 2017.

Made in Space – SPACE10, Copenhagen (dk), 2017 I See Colors Everywhere – Triennale, Milan (it), 2017 Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds – ZKM | Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (de), 2017 Open Codes. Digital Culture Techniques – Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai (in), 2018 Arte Laguna Prize (12th) – Arsenale of Venice, Venice (it), 2018