Simulation 1.3 – Ovid's Unicorn

Performed for Liquid Architecture, 2019

In 2019, an early artificial intelligence called GPT-2, produced a text describing the 'recent discovery of a breed of English-speaking unicorns in the Andes Mountains'.

In Simulation 1.3 - Ovid's Unicorn, a chorus of humans recite the text, embodying and disseminating this artificial history. In its most cynical form, this text can be read as an instance in which GPT-2 has written its own origin story through disturbing colonial allegory.

 

Excerpt:


"The unicorns are empowered through their learning of the English language, with Dr. Pérez stating, “They seem to be able to communicate in English quite well, which I believe is a sign of evolution, or at least a change in social organisation."