The Wandering Mind

slow immediate

Close your eyes and see what it really means to be human on our shared planet.
Performed by MAXmachina 2021 artist-engineer duo slow immediate in collaboration with invited musicians, The Wandering Mind is an AI-guided improvisational performance that takes tens of thousands of field recordings from every part of the globe and turns them into a symphony that serenades and guides you on a tour of the world with your eyes closed.

 

 

 

Artist Profile

Gershon Dublon

Gershon Dublon (b. 1986, New York/USA) is a researcher and artist-engineer working with sensing, machine learning, and embodied interaction to critically reinvent presence in a world of ubiquitous computing and planetary sensing. His work proposes methods to comprehend massive, longitudinal sensor data and AI systems in the service of a sensory connection to self and environment. Dublon has published articles in Presence (MIT Press), Scientific American, IEEE Sensors, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Body Sensor Networks, International Conference on Machine Learning, and others, and recently contributed a chapter to the MIT Press book Swamps and the New Imagination. His projects and studio productions have been exhibited in venues and festivals including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Mexico’s National Center for the Arts, Ars Electronica, and the Sundance Film Festival. In 2018, Dublon co-founded slow immediate, a creative engineering studio incubated by The New Museum’s NEW INC program and ONX Studio. He is also a board member of Living Observatory, a Boston-based non-profit organization focused on the future of ecological restoration. Dublon received an SM and PhD from the MIT Media Lab and a BSEE from Yale.

Xin Liu

Artist Profile

Xin Liu

Xin Liu (b. 1991, Xinjiang/China) is an artist and engineer. In her practice, Xin creates experiences/experiments to take measurements in our personal, social and technological spaces in a post-metaphysical world: between gravity and homeland, sorrow and the composition of tears, gene sequencing and astrology. She examines the discourse-power nexus as an active practitioner, an experimenter and a performer. Her recent research and interest center around the verticality of space, extraterrestrial explorations and cosmic metabolism. Xin is the Arts Curator in the Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab, a member of New INC in New Museum and a studio resident in Queens Museum. She is also an artist-in-residence in SETI Institute. She is recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, the Van Lier Fellowship from Museum of Arts and Design, Sundance New Frontier Story Lab, Huayu Youth Award Finalist, Creative Capital On Our Radar, inaugural Europe ARTificial Intelligence Lab residency, inaugural ONX studio program (founded by New Museum and Onassis NY) and Pioneer Works Tech Residency. She has been commissioned by institutions including Abandon Normal Devices Festival (UK), Ars Electronica (Austria), Media Art Xploration Festival (US) and Onassis Foundation Enter Program. She is an advisor for LACMA Art+Tech Lab and a faculty member at The Terraforming, a new research program at Strelka Institute in 2020. Xin graduated from the MIT Media Lab with a masters degree in Media Arts and Sciences. She has an M.F.A from Rhode Island School of Design and B.E from Tsinghua University in Beijing (Measurement, Control Technology, and Instrument).

Artist Profile

slow immediate

slow immediate is the creative studio of Gershon Dublon and Xin Liu. To them, immediacy to the self and to environment is pivotal to being human on our shared planet. As artists and electrical/mechanical engineers, their practices range from performances, sculptures, and films to technological systems and academic papers. slow immediate is a member of the New Museum’s ONX Studio, and were the inaugural winners of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab residency initiated by Ars Electronica. Their VR film, Living Distance, explores an individual’s place in the cosmos, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2020). Gershon and Xin are currently visiting research scientists at De Vinci Innovation Center in Paris, developing AI methods and systems for their project, the Wandering Mind.

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