ANIMA is a series of works that explores the nature of living things. The installation investigates how we emotionally relate to a digital being. In order to better understand this relationship we created ANIMA: a spherical digital entity that communicates with us by interpreting our body movements and sounds. A generative being that comes to life through interaction. Like with any being, we establish a relationship with it, conscious or subconscious, intended or unintentional. In its generative audiovisual behaviour, it portrays its character and creates the illusion of being sensory.
We are reaching a point where software and hardware are no longer separate things. Information and matter are merging into one. We are used to describing something digital as something fake, though it exists in the same realm of possibilities as things we describe as real.
If we consider, for example, a projected image computed by a digital machine, we should consider that photons and silicon are as well real particles in the same universe, shaping matter and energy.
In perspective of all this: are we now more likely to communicate with a being that is inherently different from ourselves?
ANIMA is a collaboration with Nick Verstand, onformative studio (DE) and Geert Schaap