The Aesthetic Qualities of Machine Behaviors

The Aesthetic Qualities of Machine Behaviours

Algorithms have invaded contemporary life. The invasion is so deep that it is almost invisible at times. With the advent of AI, they have become independent actors – sometimes beyond their creators’ expectations and agendas. They are capable of creating indeterminant and organic cybernetic communication systems which sustain on their own. The process of training AI agents leads to the emergence of a set of behavioral patterns in them.
These behaviours define how they act and respond to the inputs. This phenomenon has given rise to a research field called “machine behaviour”, which examines artificial intelligence agents as a class of actors with a specific ecology and expands beyond the discipline of computer science. Moving away from human exceptionalism, all non-human behaviours (generative or performative) and their causal traces can have aesthetic qualities, just like biophonic sounds which result in aesthetic experiences.
This research attempts to examine new aesthetics of machine behaviours in living creative processes by investigating their performativity and behavioural patterns. The aim of the research is to develop two environments (Performative and Generative) that are fully controlled by AI agents based on their interactions with themselves and their surroundings, and are free from human intervention and control.
The outcome of the research project was presented at the 1st annual of The Hague International Sound Art Festival. The project was supported by The Loos Foundation.