Being Artificial

For almost 30 years, I have been creating artworks staging artificial creatures programmed along principles reproducing fundamental processes of the living beings and in particular human beings. The programmed entities imitate life and being in its primal knots and forces (will, fear, pleasure, constraints, body, emotions, relationship to the other, etc…). These processes work at simpler and deeper levels than the one of the associative and symbolic intelligence deployed by the generative artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT, but they ask us the same existential questions — maybe in an even more frontal way — on the one hand on what makes us really human beings and on the other hand on the ways in which we will be able to form a society with these new artificial beings to come, and which are already there.