Sibyl is a piece exploring the self-fulfilling prophecy of prediction. Created using volumetric capture and GAN, it explores the concept of intentionality and questions the looping mirroring of AI predictability and machine learning, not as a predictive tool but as a consolidation engine. In Greek mythology, Sibyl was a prophetess, an oracle, a seeress; usually female, acting as the “mouth and voice of God”; in an uncanny resemblance with the making of AI assistants by Silicon Valley: from Eliza, the first chatbot invented in 1964, to Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Mica, to Google latest AI, Meena. In uncertain, dark and anxious times, prediction and hindsight are precious. As machine learning allows artificial intelligence to make faster, “better” predictions, we can argue that these are a mirror in a mirror, rather than a prediction. Sibyl performs a repetitive dance in which every movement starts and ends in the same way, in a mirroring loop.

BY  Marta Di Francesco (IT)

Marta Di Francesco is a London based artist, exploring new aesthetics, merging poetics with code. In her work, she investigates digital identity and its fragmentation, exploring and questioning it through digital bleed, time displacement, video processing, and the sculptural quality of time in volumetric aesthetics. Through her practice, she is preoccupied with the right to time and time consciousness, as a form of resistance, in times of speed, acceleration, and distraction. Latest exhibitions include THE WRONG New Digital Art Biennale (2020), MADATAC XI Biennial, Madrid, Spain (2020), MANA Contemporary Chicago, U.S. (2019), XVIII Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Manizales, Colombia (2019), THE WRONG New Digital Art Biennale (2018), FILE Festival Exhibition, SESI Gallery of Art, São Paulo, Brazil (2018), FIVA Festival, San Martín Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018), CODAME ART + TECH Festival, San Francisco, U.S. (2018), ADAF Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece (2018).