Rose Leahy

Another Intelligence Sings

Baum & Leahy and Robert Walker

Winner of the British Library Labs Artistic Award 2018
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Exhibited at V&A’s Digital Design Weekend: Artificially Intelligent for London Design Festival 2018

Another Intelligence Sings is an immersive installation inviting you to experience the sounds of our biological world as recounted through an AI.

When the natural world is recorded, it is quantised for the human ear, to wavelengths within our perception and timeframes within our conception. Yet the machine learning algorithm sits outside the human sensorium, outside the human lifespan. An algorithm is agnostic to the source, the intention and the timescale of data. By feeding it audio samples of lava and larvae, geological tensions and fleeting courtship, the seismic and the somatic, the many voices of life are woven into a song no one lifespan or life form could sing. AI Sings reorients the algorithm’s focus away from the human expression of individual thought and towards an amalgam of geological and biological processes to create an experience which aims to enable humans to meditate on the myriad intelligences around and beyond us.

© Rose Leahy 2020