WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?

PUBLISHED FRIDAY 31.5.2019

When Circuit Circus exhibit Semeion at Roskilde, the AI installation has already come alive under the influence of the crowds at Click Festival and SXSW.

Is self-awareness limited to the human experience, and is it possible to feel solidarity with seemingly dead objects as long as they have human traits? These are only some of the questions prompted by Circuit Circus’ ever-evolving light and sound installation Semeion that can be experienced in the Art Zone at Roskilde Festival.

Copenhagen-based Circuit Circus creates interactive experiences, spaces and artefacts, focusing on creating novel and interesting encounters with technology. Their installation Semeion consists of large glowing structures that each reacts individually and collectively to human presence and movement.

As such, Semeion becomes self-aware through interactions with the audience and continuously evolve to develop their own personalities over time. Almost as if they have become self-aware through interactions with the audience and seek human attention in order to learn and grow. And when exhibiting at Roskilde Festival, the structures have already developed personalities through interaction with the crowds at SXSW and Click Festival, as Roskilde is their final destination this spring.

The structures of Semeion invite the viewer to suspend their predispositions about AI and engage with them in an explorative, curious way. They ask us to question what we know about being human. If we can dismantle our belief that self-awareness is a uniquely human and look beyond what sets us apart from Semeion, we have come one step closer to understanding the full potential of solidarity.

Semeion is created by the art and design studio Circuit Circus. It is commissioned by Catch and Roskilde Festival, and supported by the Danish Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their joint effort “Danish Arts in USA”.