Private Project

Bodytalk

The starting point for this work was a report on the radio about a new milestone in the development of artificial intelligence. For the first time, researchers had succeeded in developing an AI that won in poker against five real professional players.

The special thing about poker is the complexity of strategy calculation, because – unlike in chess, for example – the information is incomplete (hidden hand) and the opponents act unpredictably (concealing one’s own hand and constantly changing strategy in response to opponents). At the same time, the AI must also deceive the opponent in order to win.
All in all, this demands special skills from the AI that catapult it to the next evolutionary level.

If an AI had its own consciousness, what would it tell us? In this work, an artificial voice philosophises about language as a conditio humana and comes to a surprising conclusion.

Dancer: Dominic Feistmantl

  • Erika Kassnel-Henneberg
    Director
  • Dominik Feistmantl
    Dancer
  • Dominik Feistmantl
    Choreography
  • Erika Kassnel-Henneberg
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Video Art, Screendance, Dance Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 28, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Erika Kassnel-Henneberg

Erika Kassnel-Henneberg is a conceptual and video artist with German-Romanian roots. In her works, she explores the process of remembering and questions identity as an artificial construct between reality and fiction.

Erika Kassnel-Henneberg studied Restoration at the Bern University of the Arts / CH and Interactive Media at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences / DE. She has been working as an artist since 2010 and lives in Anhausen near Augsburg. Her works are shown nationally and internationally in exhibitions and festivals, such as FILE – Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo / BRA or IVAHM – International Video Art House Madrid / ES.

In 2013 she received the Art Award of the City of Krumbach for her work Heimat is Somewhere Else and in 2022 she won the Art Award of the District of Augsburg for her body of work. In addition to her artistic work, she teaches at the Faculty of Design at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences.

She is a member of GEDOK Munich, BBK Schwaben Nord and Augsburg and Kunstverein Aichach.

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Director Statement

We are the narrative of our own memory and the memory of others about us. This is how our identity is formed in a chronological context.

But today we know that memory is neither true, nor objective, nor complete. We lay traces, collect documents and photographs, and archive them. I see in this an existential doubt: who am I really if I cannot trust my memory and the memory of others? If I leave no traces, did I ever exist?

In the digital age, cloud archives with huge storage volumes are our memory. Algorithms collect vast amounts of data and traces that we leave behind in the infinite expanse of the internet. They find everything and forget nothing. They seem to know us better than we know ourselves. And more than that – they even know with statistical probability what we will do next.
Can they tell us who we are? Can we trust them? Or are these also just distorted images of artificial intelligences whose logic and intentions no one can see through?

The focus of my interest is the human being with his subjective perception and his ability to remember, to forget, to associate and – consciously or unconsciously – to think up his own utopias.