pieter leon vermeersch project cenotaph 1

 

What will the future look like? Artificial intelligence is already capable of flawlessly imitating a human voice to make a phone call to a restaurant for a reservation. The people involved have no idea they are talking to a machine. The algorithms in use are self-learning and function as a structure that is similar to the structure of the human brain.

How will this trend of rapidly changing technology evolve?

In 30 years, computer games have evolved from a few moving white dots to life-real massive multi-player online games. What will games look like in another 30 years? Suppose a virtual or augmented reality can be projected directly onto our eyes and we can live a part of our day in a virtual world.

Will the virtual and the real world be distinguishable from one another? Will we even be humans any more?

This is what this work is about. The space and time in which these structures are placed is undefined. The surrounding platform can be seen as a meta-level. How many levels of reality could there be? Can you have a virtual world within a virtual world? Will there be a clear border between fact and fiction in our world? Maybe we will live in a world where form follows fiction.

 

etienne louis boullee cenotaph isaac newton 001

Cenotaph for Sir Isaac Newton by Etienne-Louis Boullée

 

The image underneath shows a part of the creative process.