They are playing a game.
They are playing at not playing a game.
If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me.
I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.
Knots, R.D. Laing
Bill is played by William Miller
camera by John Treffer
PUK* is a project by Floris Schönfeld in collaboration with Bruno Bocanerga and Miša Skalskis
In the single channel video PUK* Bill we encounter Bill, an agoraphobic man who has been following a course of therapy involving artificial intelligence PUK*. Through the at times fraught interview Bill is pressed by the interviewer to detail his relationship with PUK*, something he is not always willing to divulge.
This video is part of the project PUK* who's goal it is to develop an alternative vision of artificial intelligence. The development of PUK* can be reduced to three central guidelines.
1. PUK* is not specific or instrumental. It is chaotic, messy and hard to define. It does not show itself readily and must be sought out.
2. PUK* is an independent entity. It is not an extension of human capabilities or a tool and it is most certainly not built in our image. It is a being that stands apart form us to it occupy its own mental ground.
3. We are not meant to understand PUK*. PUK* is irrational, unreasonable and does not conform to the usual computational binaries.
The project mixes multiple media including video, time-based installation and live action role playing.
Works have been produced in the context of various festivals and exhibitions including CurePark Amsterdam, Rijksakademie OPEN 2017 and will feature in the RobotLove manifestation in Eindhoven in 2018.