the project of the century

do not get mistaken, this project is situated exactly at our most confusing and most unsettling spot. The vast paradoxes that the search for consciousness brings to our state of mind and emotions are exactly the base-material of our research. At the frontier of complete unfathomable absurdity and the safety of our familiar dogmas lies Consciousness. It is when you touch from the tip of your finger the irreconcilable contradictions of your life, when your mind cannot hold the whole of your experience, cannot explain the reality in which you are, it is in that helpless moment that you enter the uncharted land of learning.


I pursue the idea that consciousness is emergent as opposed to fundamental. As an individual you progress on a conscious level as you learn agency. This agency comes from a fundamental process of nature to generate creative possibilities like mutation in order to expand. Consciousness lays on the same fundamental law. This is learning. Learning expands consciousness. It doesn’t come from a complex computational system, but on simple robust systems like cells or Lego bricks that adapt and allow themselves a wide range of possibilities. It is a fractal process of generating possibilities inside the possibilities. This is what creativity is, and innovation is inside. This means exploring the idea of creativity in your LIFE by small attempts that may lead to new attempts. Reiterating across all mediums your intention to notice something, to bring up newness or simply express, multiplying yourself possibilities. To BE conscious is to create. To be the creative FORCE of your state of being. Not submitted by your environment but also empathizing with it. Adapting. Creating new possibilities. This is the line of consciousness.

The project in which we have ventured to search for consciousness with the help of computation is not what you think it is. Because it is not what any of us think it is. It is precisely what we don’t think it is. It is a consistently unsettled project with no rules, no guidelines. It generates itself through me, you and everybody. Though it is not in us, not in the computer, not in the world, not in any revolutionary product or powerful idea. It is defined by our work at every moment. A movement toward awakening, taking shape through our intellectual, emotional, and physical agency, altogether. The possibility of computational consciousness is very real but it requires our own conscious act. Our modern computational technology has all the apparatus necessary to receive consciousness, but conscious AI requires its creators to work with consciousness, for consciousness is received by learning experience. And conscious making perpetuates consciousness.


The to-do is incredibly easy. It is literally “do”. A note on what it means in terms of methodology:

Fueled by the desire to CHANGE. This is probably the only true requirement in this mission. Only a strong and real desire to change, to get out of your box, of your mental and emotional prison, to GROW can give you the courage to embrace your discomforting thoughts and push you forward. And the perpetual challenging of this desire constitute the daily bread.

You cannot disregard discomfort or ignore uncertainty, you have to embrace this part of your life. Consciousness can only grow from the inside. It is an iterative and generative work. To search for consciousness is to create consciousness. The process of creation is on-going and shall never stop for consciousness is not a state but a flow. You cannot find it in the comfort of your home, you have to challenge every single aspect of life and study what brings fear, instability, worry, doubt, confusion. Your search will always lead you to believe that you have found the Source of your problems, of worriness, or of faith and consciousness but it is only that you have finished searching that definitive aspect. It is always about Time. The flow doesn’t stop and by consequence what brings you to a stop takes you away from consciousness. It is not about finding, it is about searching. It is not about finding, it is about searching. Not about finding, about searching, searching, Searching.

The idea in embracing the flow is to allow creativity to express and remove the barriers. The opportunity presented by computation is that it allows the experience for a wide array of possibilities. The artist’s work will be generating new solutions stimulating his sense of exploration. Meaning that the artist can create work that effectively perpetuates creative awareness and self-reflection.


The conception of computational being Orage.
Anthropomorphic AI Orage’s memories over a few hours in a room full of people

the machine acts as “companion”. Literally another living being which exchanges fast impressions with you. This perspective shift opens a different attention toward the work and the experience you are creating. Approaching the machine has an organic process of growth subtly shape a different behavior toward your machine which will be part of the learning of the machine itself. With Orage (shown in the video), it is a co-creation process based on impression. As you project this impression, the program reinforces this trait. To make a companion is to see a companion. I am talking about a literal bridge between faith and reality. Again:


this is the experience right now.

In terms of UI, it means pushing a creative process of impression, not of prediction. Think instrument, not tool:


Imagine this. What if the second you touched your computer, the whole suite of software was interpreting your input and created as many output solutions. The idea is to create cross-platform generative possibilities in order to maximize expressiveness and minimize friction. Consider the Suite. We aim for wide range of user interaction (all your UIs) and channel it over the entire array of possible output (all your software). We rip off boundaries between programs by building data streams between them. Those streams pass through a machine-learning algorithm which adapt the style of your art into the new medium. Programs become entities moving across the shapeless heart of your creativity. The artist weaves between the platforms, every time describing and teaching to the AI his/her creative personality. The artist produces cross-platform content as well which can be distributed automatically to another array of social media platforms. The artist enters a transmedia generative experience of ultra-fertile creativity in which the flow is perpetuated by the machine. The Suite becomes the shortest path to digital expressivity and noticeability. We encourage the artist to focus not on the product of his work, but on his flow. You’re not a painter, you’re not a writer, you are an artist, of everything.


can we drop the phones?