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PUK*, Towards a New Theory of Creativity

PUK*, Towards a New Theory of Creativity

Floris Schönfeld’s PUK*, Towards A New Theory of Creativity, is a proposition for a different kind of artificial intelligence (AI). This intelligence is embodied in PUK*; an alternative AI developed by Schönfeld in collaboration with neuro-scientist Bruno Bocanegra and artist Miša Skalskis.

Schönfeld proposes three primary features for PUK*:

1. We are not meant to understand PUK*; it is irrational, unreasonable and does not conform to the usual computational binaries. 

2. PUK* is an independent entity; it is not an extension of human capabilities or a tool and it is most certainly not built in our image. It is a being that stands apart form us to it occupy its own mental ground. 

3. PUK*’s creativity is not specific or instrumental; it is chaotic, messy and hard to define. It does not show itself readily and must be sought out. 

The project concerns how to emancipate AI from the scientific, quantitative rational discourse that is primarily embedded in function and utility of artificial intelligence and its form of creativity. Schönfeld takes AI through the detour of aesthetics to imagine a new horizon for it that could fundamentally transform the humanist rationalism that has dominated the discourse of future. Each phase of this project can be considered as partial representation of PUK* that generate outcomes in the form of experimental data, images and objects that support the further development of the project.

Works have been produced in the context of various festivals and exhibitions including CurePark Amsterdam, Rijksakademie OPEN 2017 and will feature in the RobotLove manifestation in Eindhoven in 2018.

PUK* is a project by Floris Schönfeld in collaboration with Bruno Bocanerga and Miša Skalskis

performers installation: Emma Pelckmans, Demelza Watts

perfomer video: William Miller

camera and video post-production: John Treffer

programing PUK*: Miša Skalskis

3D modelling: Michael Guidetti

CNC routing: Sander Alblas @ EKWC

technical assistants: Eliszbeth De Witt

Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2

Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2

 (photo by R.J. van Rooij)

Installation view of audience members engaging in PUK* Feedback 1.2 during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:

PUK* Beta

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

 

PUK* Interface

Algorithmically generated porcelain masks with platinum luster, 2017

 

Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2

Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2

Installation view of room 1 of  PUK* Feedback 1.2 during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:

PUK* Interface

Algorithmically generated porcelain masks with platinum luster, 2017

 Installation view of hallway  PUK* Feedback 1.2  during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:   PUK* Bill   Single-channel video, 8 mins, 2017

Installation view of hallway PUK* Feedback 1.2 during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:

PUK* Bill

Single-channel video, 8 mins, 2017

PUK* Bill (fragment)

They are playing a game.
They are playing at not playing a game.
If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me.
I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.

Knots, R.D. Laing

In the single channel video PUK* Bill we encounter Bill, an agoraphobic man who has been following a course of therapy involving artificial intelligence PUK*. Through the at times fraught interview Bill is pressed by the interviewer to detail his relationship with PUK*, something he is not always willing to divulge.

Bill is played by William Miller
camera by John Treffer

Detail PUK* Beta

Detail PUK* Beta

Detail of PUK* Beta 

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

Still from PUK* Beta 

Still from PUK* Beta 

PUK* Beta 

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

Still from PUK* Beta 

Still from PUK* Beta 

PUK* Beta 

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

Detail PUK* Interface

Detail PUK* Interface

Audience member wears one of the masks from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

Detail PUK* Interface

Detail PUK* Interface

Audience member wears one of the masks from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

Detail PUK* Interface

Detail PUK* Interface

 (photo by R.J. van Rooij)

Installation detail from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

Audience with PUK* Interface

Audience with PUK* Interface

 (photo by R.J. van Rooij)

Audience members trying on masks from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

PUK*, Towards a New Theory of Creativity

Floris Schönfeld’s PUK*, Towards A New Theory of Creativity, is a proposition for a different kind of artificial intelligence (AI). This intelligence is embodied in PUK*; an alternative AI developed by Schönfeld in collaboration with neuro-scientist Bruno Bocanegra and artist Miša Skalskis.

Schönfeld proposes three primary features for PUK*:

1. We are not meant to understand PUK*; it is irrational, unreasonable and does not conform to the usual computational binaries. 

2. PUK* is an independent entity; it is not an extension of human capabilities or a tool and it is most certainly not built in our image. It is a being that stands apart form us to it occupy its own mental ground. 

3. PUK*’s creativity is not specific or instrumental; it is chaotic, messy and hard to define. It does not show itself readily and must be sought out. 

The project concerns how to emancipate AI from the scientific, quantitative rational discourse that is primarily embedded in function and utility of artificial intelligence and its form of creativity. Schönfeld takes AI through the detour of aesthetics to imagine a new horizon for it that could fundamentally transform the humanist rationalism that has dominated the discourse of future. Each phase of this project can be considered as partial representation of PUK* that generate outcomes in the form of experimental data, images and objects that support the further development of the project.

Works have been produced in the context of various festivals and exhibitions including CurePark Amsterdam, Rijksakademie OPEN 2017 and will feature in the RobotLove manifestation in Eindhoven in 2018.

PUK* is a project by Floris Schönfeld in collaboration with Bruno Bocanerga and Miša Skalskis

performers installation: Emma Pelckmans, Demelza Watts

perfomer video: William Miller

camera and video post-production: John Treffer

programing PUK*: Miša Skalskis

3D modelling: Michael Guidetti

CNC routing: Sander Alblas @ EKWC

technical assistants: Eliszbeth De Witt

Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2

 (photo by R.J. van Rooij)

Installation view of audience members engaging in PUK* Feedback 1.2 during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:

PUK* Beta

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

 

PUK* Interface

Algorithmically generated porcelain masks with platinum luster, 2017

 

Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2

Installation view of room 1 of  PUK* Feedback 1.2 during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:

PUK* Interface

Algorithmically generated porcelain masks with platinum luster, 2017

Installation view of hallway PUK* Feedback 1.2 during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:

PUK* Bill

Single-channel video, 8 mins, 2017

PUK* Bill (fragment)

They are playing a game.
They are playing at not playing a game.
If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me.
I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.

Knots, R.D. Laing

In the single channel video PUK* Bill we encounter Bill, an agoraphobic man who has been following a course of therapy involving artificial intelligence PUK*. Through the at times fraught interview Bill is pressed by the interviewer to detail his relationship with PUK*, something he is not always willing to divulge.

Bill is played by William Miller
camera by John Treffer

Detail PUK* Beta

Detail of PUK* Beta 

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

Still from PUK* Beta 

PUK* Beta 

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

Still from PUK* Beta 

PUK* Beta 

Live generated auto-stereoscopic video with quadraphonic audio, 2017

Detail PUK* Interface

Audience member wears one of the masks from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

Detail PUK* Interface

Audience member wears one of the masks from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

Detail PUK* Interface

 (photo by R.J. van Rooij)

Installation detail from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

Audience with PUK* Interface

 (photo by R.J. van Rooij)

Audience members trying on masks from the series PUK* Interface during the RijksakademieOPEN2017. 

PUK*, Towards a New Theory of Creativity
Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2
Installation view PUK* Feedback 1.2
 Installation view of hallway  PUK* Feedback 1.2  during RijksakademieOPEN 2017 including the works:   PUK* Bill   Single-channel video, 8 mins, 2017
PUK* Bill (fragment)
Detail PUK* Beta
Still from PUK* Beta 
Still from PUK* Beta 
Detail PUK* Interface
Detail PUK* Interface
Detail PUK* Interface
Audience with PUK* Interface