《The Masters》2021年

Photo: TAKAHASHI Kenji

《The Masters》は,ノックスが近年展開する「Actroid Series II」の一部です.このシリーズでノックスは,擬人化されたテクノロジーと暮らすことから生じる様々なシチュエーションや権力関係を検討しています.人に寄り添う,または単純なサービスを提供するために作られたヒューマノイドやAIキャラクターは女性的表象をまとう傾向があります.ノックスは,私たちが他者に制約や制限を課す際の軋轢を和らげるためにこのようなイメージを社会システムに与えている可能性に着目しています.


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Elena KNOX

“The Masters” 2021

Photo: TAKAHASHI Kenji
Photo courtesy: Tokyo Arts and Space

A “character summoning device,” in which AI characters are presented by hologram and connected to the “smart phone,” is waiting in the apartment for its owner to return. While relaxing in this room, visitors can talk to the character, pry into the ongoing text chat between it and its owner. If you look closely, you may also witness something of an unfolding, ultramodern scandal.
“The Masters” was created as part of KNOX’s recent “Actroid Series II.” In this series, KNOX examines variety of situations and power relations posed by living with anthropomorphised technologies. Humanoids and AI characters created to serve as companions and simple human service providers are often clad in female representations. KNOX focuses on how assigning this image to a social system might be intended to ease the friction when we impose restrictions and limitations on someone else.
The title of the work comes from the fact that the AI character calls the owner of the summoning device “Mr. Master,” but why the plural “Masters?” Is it because the character can also be a “master” if equal communication with the AI character is realized? Is it because the digital can be infinitely replicated? Or is it because a third party can intervene as a “master?” Theoretically, this third party may be neither a human nor a character, but something else.

Cooperation: Lofaro Labs

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