Erin Gee is an artist and composer who promotes critical sensuality, affect, haptics, communication, and presence in sonic and digital architectures. Inspired by the human voice as a conceptual object, she likens the vibration of vocal folds to electricity and data across systems, or vibrations across matter. Gee applies these principles to electroacoustic composition, ASMR, virtual reality, networked music performance, interactive sculptures, AI, and robotics. She is a DIY expert in affective biofeedback, using biosensors to implicate the body of the listener as part of her cybernetic systems in place. She is currently a doctoral student at Université de Montréal, specializing in methods for composing affective and embodied electronic music for biofeedback inspired by feminist theory. Branching further into materiality and mattering, she is currently exploring quantum systems as artist in residence at the Institut quantique de l’Université de Sherbrooke.
Photo credit: Elody Libe
Erin Gee CA/QC — Machine Unlearning
In this video inspired by ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) phenomena, the artist prepares the viewer for a neural conditioning treatment. During the treatment session, the viewer listens to the artist whispering a script outputted by an LSTM (Long Short-Term Memory) algorithm that slowly unravels, having been programmed to gradually “forget” its training. The combination of machine learning and ASMR draws parallels between autonomous algorithms and the unconscious reactions of the human body as it reacts to affective sensory sounds and hypnotic gestures.
Presented by Hexagram
Appears as part of AMPLIFY D.A.I, an initiative of the British Council in partnership with MUTEK Montréal, MUTEK Buenos Aires, Artlab in Argentina, Oi Futuro in Brazil and Somerset House Studios in the UK. The programme is supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Instituto Nacional de la Música and Fundación Williams.