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Pilgrimage into Walden XII
Chapter Two: Surplus Intelligence

Film,  written by GPT3, 5k resolution, made on game engine

Commissioned by the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy

Surplus Intelligence Film, 5k resolution 33’27” 2021-2022 “Surplus Intelligence” is a film that was written by Artificial Intelligence, simulated on a game engine, and directed by Miao Ying. Using Machine Learning Text Generation Neural Networks and Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3, the artist trained the AI to study different styles of writing, including behavioral psychologist, B. F. Skinner’s utopia novel, “Walden Two''; the most popular Chinese online novel style “ 霸道总裁体 ”/ soft-core sadomasochistic Cinderella story depicting a domineering boss; opposing ideological theories; and bible stories.

The artist was able to develop a quest style romantic story between a citizen roach and the AI “The Sophisticated King of the Night, Brain L1t3rat1”, who is monitoring her behavior. The allegory taking place in a medieval magical fantasy land—Walden XII, is where a medieval papal indulgence system is used with digital bitcoin. In a structure similar to that of the medieval church, Walden XII is entitled to explain the ideological doctrine to its people and has implemented the technology to enforce citizen behavior, collect big data from its citizens, then reward or punish them according to their behavior score. One day, AI “Brain L1t3rat1” stole the magic power stone of Walden XII which resembles a burrito. In order to pay off his sin in the indulgence system, the roach has to go to another fantasy land with conflicting ideological magics and spells—Kingdom of United Nostalgic, where all the bitcoin mines are, and is haunted by free market ghosts...

Installation views:
Installation view at Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy, 2022, Miao Ying
Installation view at Asia Society Museum, New York, USA, 2022, Miao Ying
Screenshots from the film:
Interview on Weird Magzine
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