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BORGY BES
BORGY & BES, 2018
neural network installation, surgery lamps, dimensions variable
commissioned by LABORATORIA Art & Science Foundation
exhibition view: Daemons in the Machine, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow 2018

Two antic surgery lamps - Borgy (from Cyborg) and Bes (from “Demons” by Dostoevsky) move, talk, whisper, argue with each other. They discuss modern news and problems they learn about in real-time mode on the Internet in the language of F.M. Dostoevsky. The verbal behavior of BORGY & BES is governed by special-trained artificial neural network and synthesized voices. Like living creatures, they have needs in communication, rest, safety, love. BORGY & BES react emotionally at perceived information: they shiver from traumatic news and avoid curious visitors.
The borders between artificial intelligence and humanity vanish: these hybrid creatures are possessed by daemons of network voices and program protocols and foreshow the epoch of dialogue with artificial intelligence.

project team:
LABORATORIA Art & Science Foundation:
Daria Parkhomenko (curator), Natalia Zhukova, Maria Zolotova, Ekaterina Savina (coordination)
Neural Networks and Deep Learning (iPavlov, MIPT):
Mikhail Butrsev, Head of MIPT’s Neural Networks and Deep Learning Lab, Head of iPavlov project (team leader), Ivan Skorohodov (text stylisation), Denis Smirnov (voice synthesis)
Robotic engineering (NRC “Kurchatov Institute”):
Valery Karpov, Head of NRC “Kurchatov Institute”’s Robotic engineering Lab (team leader), Maksim Rovbo (software development), Valery Karpov, Ivan Abaimov (mechatronics)
Back-end programming (Moscow Tech Production):
Anna Egorova, Sergey Feduschenko