The immersive and spatial sound art film tells the adventures of a once highly developed ship’s crew from a distant galaxy in a poetic and musical way. The film begins with the ship’s sinking into the seas of lost hearts and the ensuing search for the memories of its own identity and past. The journey leads through desert, water, enchanted forests, artificially intelligent networks to the stars and back to Earth
The three-dimensionally spatialized, musical soundscapes and pieces of music consist of poetry and vocals, sound design, field recordings, trumpet, piano, guitar, as well as the synthesized voice of the artist, who speaks the character “Sir Neuron1068”.
The film takes a subtle, yet strongly critical stance on the wishes and desires that society has for the development of artificially intelligent networks and machines. Who thinks for whom? Who serves whom?
wenn meine augen
wie rosen sehen
und ich den wind
durch die wälder
der mond sich dann
im kreise dreht
und die wüste
ihre sandkörner zählt
dann gähnt das chaos
mit sattlicher leere
und die nacht umhüllt uns
wie tanzende meere
aus deinen augen
in diese welt
wie es mir
inspirations for the project
The script was researched and written between 2020 – 2022, when the artist – a long-time and keen meditator – intensively explored the themes of the so often invisible yet human presence in the dimensions of artificial neural networks (ANNs, DNNs, etc.) and digital AI training hubs.
The collection and analysis of data (images, videos, voices, conversations, human emotions, habits, etc.) are an equally illusionary field and virtual clouded space that feed AI systems. These, when perfected, then feed humans back again. The high degree of abstraction and immateriality that the accumulation of virtual realities bring to society are highly reminiscent of the realms of dreams, wishes, tales and surrealities that have always accompanied and influenced our human belief systems.
In a modern and intellectual world – in contrast to science and AI – the belief in God is often portrayed or criticized as an illusion: “God does not exist”. Yet, no human words could find the phenomena of describing this three-lettered word, whether one believes in it or not. So how is it possible that so many have a disbelief of something they cannot describe, nor even understand. It should be of general knowledge that no sacred texts of any religion call to kill, be eager about country borders or to go into war. Religions unfortunately have and still do proof differently. Thus when talking about God, one needs to clearly separate illusionary political motives generated by religious systems from the experience of God.
Many yogis, Kabbalists, prophets, shamans and saints have shown us, on so many levels, that our entire world is an illusion and that the body is not the true “Self”. This illusion is only broken through belief in God (–please mind the definition) and especially the direct experience of God or the “God-ing” process. God and religion are two different things. Sometimes they appear together, but often, they don’t. Science and truth are two different things. Sometimes, they appear together, but often, they don’t.
Ergo this is a sensational moment in history for our generations to experience: on the one hand, more and more people are becoming aware that the mind rules over matter, and that the world itself is a dream of projections and illusions (Sanskrit: maya) The entry to a moment of truth and infinity has begun. On the other hand, more and more virtual-digital worlds and realities are emerging at the same time, which are created and fed mostly by the human ego and current scientific understandings. Virtual realities – whether of digital or spiritual origin – determine sooner or later the physical world of matter.
The juxtaposition of these two world was decisive for the script of the film production. It is the tension we all do yoga with every day, may we master it, the best way we can, with our sacred hearts wide open. ❤️
spatial sound art film: a 3D soundtrack production
In 2020 the first scripts for text and music was written, in which the story of the artificial neuron “Sir Neuron 1068” was created. In 2021, the collaboration with the Berlin-based AI agency Birds on Mars followed to connect the artist’s voice with the krach.ai app.
At the same time, the collaboration with mathematician Dr. Felipe Orduña-Bustamante of the ICAT facility of Mexico City university was established to calculate the reverberation (echo characteristic) of the 1068th dimension of the DNN.
2021/22 the music was produced and mastered for ambisonics sound currents.
In 2023, the final touches were made to the voices and the visual layer – consisting of prism videos and digital production – was created.
Length: 35 minutes
Languages: German, English, Music, Sound
Audio technology: Higher order ambisonics
Resolution film material: 4k
Further material of the installation: Electronica, glass, zirconia, acrylic glass, fabric
Music, poetry, image, production: ANINA
Synthetic voice design: Birds on Mars
Calculation of the impulse response of the 1068th dimension: Dr. Felipe Orduña-Bustamante
Video preview (binaural downmix of ambisonics production)