Anonymous, by Liliana Farber, is a collaborative video installation about storytelling, old and new technologies, and the way these influence language and information flows. Viewers/users, an A.I algorithm, a 1700’s famous writer, and the artist, battle to create meaning of abstract language. Together, they rewrite an iconic colonial book.
In Anonymous, a voice generated by a machine learning algorithm trained with the artist’s voice, recites a story created by compiling and ordering messages sent with Blue Vessel, while two videos display virtual voyages around the globe in Google Earth. Robinson Crusoe’s voyage and Alexander Selkirk’s voyage (which castaway accounts as inspiration for Defoe’s story).
*For AOS, the two-channel video installation was modified to fit the browser experience.
Blue Vessel, a project commissioned by Arebyte in 2017, is a mobile web app hosted on a server located on a flagless ship drifting on international waters. The app invites users to write anonymous web messages on an interface powered by a machine learning algorithm trained on the book “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe.