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Ian Cheng in person! Screening at Rubloff Auditorium Film Series : Conversations at the Edge - Spring 2020

An Evening with Ian Cheng

2014-20, Ian Cheng, USA, ca. 75 min.

Show Times

  • Tue, Mar 24th 6:00pm
Plays In: Conversations at the Edge - Spring 2020

Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Ian Cheng's practice explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. He produces computer-generated simulations whose complex ecosystems are programmed to evolve without end. These projects include the Emissaries trilogy (2014–17), a set of works in which the motivation of a narrative agent—the emissary—is set into conflict with the open-ended chaos of the simulation. In 2019, he debuted BOB (Bag of Beliefs), an AI creature whose personality, body, and life story evolve across exhibitions, what Cheng calls “art with a nervous system.” Multiple formats. Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program