Artificial tears follows path of thinking which Im undergoing at the moment partly influenced by main theme of Vienna Biennale with the identical title, to which I refer.
This exhibition consistent of several pieces deals with future of artificial intelligence, questioning dependency, morality and bias of human beings in relation to this topic. Reaction to such high form of technology is often combination of love and fear. At the same time we hope for our salvation but fear downfall and domination over humankind. AI proves us to be creators of something powerful yet frightening, makes man feel divine but also fragile and mortal, replaceable by a device.
This problematics opens infinite number of question but one issue in particular captured my attention. In all the dilemmas and discussion we draw a division between us and them, or even it as object of our creation. As if we forget that real progress can provide the absolute union of these two species into the state where any recognition based on difference can become so blurred that it will be impossible to state on which side you stand. The definition of what does it mean to live or just to function can be easily reshaped even if we shift the focus from origin (how I/it comes to existence?) to purpose (why I/it comes to existence?) of creation.
What is a difference between human and machine?
My vision of future is very elegant, sterile and clean. Reality is just a blank canvas on which we project. Nothingness of world we see suggest that everything is happening inside, in the mind, process(or) of thinking.
Main character takes the classical female appearance based on perfection and stereotype. It represent the woman designed (by others or herself) to satisfy general definition of her kind.
Artificialtears depict the moment of uncertainty, kind of alienation in most ordinary state of performing a stereotypical (act or given) task. The glimpse of second when the pattern gets broken and the meaning or more exactly the meaninglessness of ones own action is revealed. It does not necessarily shows the future where machine acts like human but rather, or at the same time the world in which human acts like machine. Which is not so far from our everyday reality.