Title: Impermanence Trajectory: stained seed

Year: 2014

AUJIK's visual manifestation 'impermanence trajectory: stained seed' is based on the ideas of computational dialectics. It employs and illustrates dialectical values, which express concepts and phenomena in terms of conflict, contradiction, opposition and difference.

It consists of two subjects: agent X and agent Y. Each subject is exposed to eight different emotional inputs that determine a value. These values are in turn influenced by four different forces. These forces either combine or divide the emotional values, which leads to unpredictable results, depending on the agent’s previous state, his environment, and the state of the other agent.

The trajectory starts in an initial state where the two agents each plant a seed. The seed grows according to the emotional states of the agent and the impact of the forces. During the evolution of the seed, the tree – which represents the object – also changes its form and gradually blossoms before it collapses due to a self-inflicted virus. The virus generates a portal system that creates yet another realm of emotions and consciousness and allows the agents to restart and readjust the process by optimizing their cognitive and emotional parameters.

The agents’ emotional states are visualized by their heads, which are symmetric and reminiscent of a Rorschach test. The different values and forces can be seen at the lower sides of the picture. The agents themselves can be described as variables and algorithms as they are used in computer code for developing artificial general intelligence. By applying their emotional states to a dialectical form (thesis, anti-thesis & synthesis), they improve their emotional parameters in order to attain an impermanent perfection.

Inspired by the article 'Computational Dialectics for Arguing Agents' by Professor Hajime Sawamura, Niigata University.


Premiere by Dazed & Confused magazine in January 2014.
Music specially composed by Mira Calix featuring cellist Oliver Coates.

About Mira Calix:
Mira Calix is the stage name of Chantal Passamonte, a British based artist signed to Warp Records. Although her earlier music is almost exclusively electronic, in recent years she has incorporated classical instrumentation into her work for performance, recording and installations.