Deep Feeling: AI and Emotions

Curator: Nohar Ben Asher 1.8.2019 - 28.12.2019

The installation FOMO draws its inspiration from AI research and the study of complex systems, exploring collective behavior in an era in which digital apparatuses have become key mediators in human communication. A dozen robots move in the space. Each conducts itself independently, swinging by internal activation and responding to its neighbors' movements by means of a motion detection mechanism which responds to all the individual parts. As a complex system in itself, the installation demonstrates how a system consisting of a large number of items—which influence one another like a flock of birds, without a central command control or external guidance—spawns complex, unpredictable human behaviors.
When one of the individuals senses that its immediate neighbors are active, it will join the action, but will lose interest after a while and seek new stimuli. At the same time, those in the simulation seek to minimize the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)—a term denoting a common experience in the digital era, whose essence is the fear of missing out social, romantic, or other opportunities. FOMO manifests an obsessive need to maintain continuous, constant contact with others, while reinforcing the sense of social isolation. Against this backdrop, the installation underscores the concurrence of separability and connectivity between individuals, addressing the human need in intimacy and contact and the desire to be present in a world swarming with stimuli.