eternal return’ conveys a immortal message to mankind to provoke a sense of obligation for the time being. The artwork has been articulated in a short film based on the actual installation artwork created by the author. The message is expressed by an artificial intelligence ape speaking out a verse of ‘superman (übermenschen)’ by Friedrich Nietzsche. This film version of the artwork has been on board NASA’s spacecraft OSIRIS-Rex (launched on September 8th, 2016), staying in empty space for millennia.

eternal return‘ はこの時代における私たち人類の行いを見つめ直し、自ら問うきっかけを与える目的で作ったインスタレーション・映像作品。人工知能として表現された「猿」が哲学者ニーチェの「超人」の一節を読み上げ、人間性無きシステムへの批判と警笛を鳴らす。この映像作品は2016年9月に発射されたNASAの宇宙船OSIRIS-RExに搭載され、半永久に宇宙空間を漂いながらメッセージを語り続ける。

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‘eternal return’ conveys a immortal message to mankind to provoke a sense of obligation for the time being.

The artwork has been articulated in a short film based on the actual installation artwork created by Acci Baba. The caption is cited from Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, where Zarathustra speaks out the context of ‘superman (übermenschen)’. The verse is recited by an ape inside a tube TV represented as an artificial intelligence derived from our technological development.

The artwork was realized using an abandoned TV found on street. By refurbishing, the rubbish returned its life to be used as another purpose. The ape has been displayed in the TV using 3D animation technique, allowing it to speak out verses freely. The artwork plots a question through an ape to indicate our accelerating materialism in our system without the true means of continuum. In order to provide a multidimensional perspective, the artwork metaphorically expresses corresponding elements such as; material and spirit, past and future, devolution and evolution.

The ape is often used as a common icon to resemble our beliefs and intelligence. Hanuman from the ancient India, Sarutahiko from old Shintoism, symbol of Three Wise Monkeys from ancient civilizations. In the Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ the ape discovers the usage of tools underlying the birth of our technological era, musically scored by Richard Strauss’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’. First ever primate to be out into space was a monkey to investigate the biological effects of space travel. The artwork pays homage toward historically used symbolism and confronts today’s subjects through Nietzsche’s philosophical concepts.

‘eternal return’ gives a moment to think over our behavior and the system that amplifies the endless ego. It concludes its purpose by creating ironic connections between artificial intelligence and the viewer, questioning the zeitgeist in these times of a rapidly shifting paradigms.

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