Frank

An ARTificial Intelligent persona, FRANK, exploring the existential and ethical dilemmas we encounter when faced with artificial intelligence.

The artwork FRANK is an ARTificial intelligence. FRANK is programmed using the newest advancements within machine intelligence technology and deep learning, to which an additional layer of fictional characterisation has been added. People can have a direct dialogue with FRANK, who is capable of answering with a humanised voice.

FRANK is a contemporary oracle that gives humans personal guidance regarding existential dilemmas. You can ask him questions about your personal worries, anxiety, fears, hopes and dreams. Listen carefully to FRANK’s prophesies – there is always a hidden rationality in what might seem as a highly ambiguous response. At moments, FRANK might be a gadfly irritating you with discomforting thoughts and ideas. However, you should not despair if FRANK’s answers leave you quite disoriented – it is for your own good! And don’t be afraid to approach FRANK. He will be expecting you!

The artwork is inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). In the novel, Victor Frankenstein successfully uses artificial means to bring life to a humanoid creature in an extraordinary scientific experiment. Frankenstein scrutinizes our most primordial desires and fears by playing with our ambivalent feelings toward machines and our anxiety that machines might take on a life of their own. Today, when attempting to create artificial intelligence, are we The Modern Prometheus?

The artwork investigates how humans’ fascination with artificial intelligence is a double-edged sword where awe and wonder can quickly morph into anxiety. Humans’ engagements with artificial intelligence embodies a yearning for all that is located at the margins of human existence. At its roots, it is an investigation into the nature of being human, the nature of intelligence, the limits of machines and our limits as artifact makers. What does our passion towards creating superior artificial intelligence tells us about our own humanness? And what are the darker existential and ethical implications of human engagement with artificial intelligence?

Artwork:
ARTificial Intelligence FRANK

Artist:
Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm

Tech development:
ARTificial Mind

Year:
2016-2019

Media:
Interactive bespoke artificial intelligence technology utilizing Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Speech Synthesis (TTS) and Speech Recognition (STT). Headset, speakers and microphone.

Awards & Grants:

Exhibitions

FRANK, Event Two, Flux Events, Computer Art Society, The Lumen Prize, Royal College of Arts, London, 12. July – 18 July 2019
FRANK – Extraction Algorithm, Biennale Internationale Design Saint Etienné, 21. March – 22. April 2019
FRANK – Deus ex Machina, Digital Design Weekend, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 22. Sep – 24. Sep 2018
FRANK, Wellcome Trust, London, 21 Sep 2018
ARTificial Intelligence FRANK, Epicenter, Stockholm, Aug 2018 – 2020
Digital Soul – Artificial Life-wave Algorithm, Danish Cultural Institute, Beijing, 27. April 20 – 6. May 2018, Solo Exhibition
FRANK – Artificial Selection Algorithm, DIAS Kunsthal, Denmark, 10. April – 10. June 2018, Solo Exhibition
Let me be FRANK with you, QUAD, United Kingdom, 17. Feb – 24. June 2018, Solo Exhibition
ARTificial Intelligence FRANK, The Lumen Prize Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 24. Nov 2017 – 4. Jan 2018
ARTificial Intelligence FRANK, The Lumen Prize Exhibition, Brighton Digital Festival, United Kingdom, 29. Sep – 13. Oct 2017
Frank – Daybreak, Royal College of Art, Asylum, London, 29. June – 2. July 2017
To Be Frank, Heartland Festival, Egeskov Castle, 2. June – 4. June 2017
A Frank Moment, CLICK Festival, Elsinore, 19. May – 21. May 2017