location: Grote Kerk
Arvid&Marie in collaboration with Vincent Van Dijck
Al¿ve is the emergence of digital life: a digital species that lives on a personal app. Conceived according to the same criteria as biological life, Al¿ve makes us question the possibility of artificial life and its consequences.
The emergence of more and more complex computer programs raises the question of alternative living entities. These new autonomous systems induce an expansion of the spectrum of beings out of the biological field. This controversy stimulates subjective points of view on this essential question. Can there be a digital life form?
In collaboration with biologists from Wageningen University of Research, Al¿ve is a translation of biological life into the digital realm according to the seven criteria of the scientist Tibor Gánti. It physically grows on a phone and consumes computing cycles to calculate the expansion of its body. When the phone is turned off, the machine does not provide enough resources and the creature starts suffering and progressively dying. During its natural growth, Al¿ve utilizes the phone’s memory to store itself until it occupies the entire spare storage. To avoid this phenomenon, the owner of the phone could choose to delete the app and be responsible for the creature’s death or to spread the creature to other phones.