SOPHYGRAY (2022 Work in progress)

Nadja Verena Marcin

SOPHYGRAY is a feminist audio bot that exhibition visitors can talk to within an immersive installation. It refutes gendered notions of virtual assistants like Alexa or Siri by responding with philosophical or humorous answers, resulting in unusual, surprising conversations. Sophy helps visitors realize that the submissive behavior of female virtual characters is often not natural, but rather a subtle patriarchal construct indicative of the male-dominated realm of technology. To extend her language-based machine learning capabilities and bring conversations with Sophy into the private space of the non-visitor outside the White Cube, Nadja Verena Marcin plans to develop a stand-alone app as part of EMAP/EMARE residency at Onassis Stegi. Using philosophical quotations from bell hooks, Donna Haraway, Silvia Federici, Audre Lorde, and Anna Lowenhaupt-Tsing (+), the prototype's conversational capabilities will be continually developed by Nadja Verena Marcin and a team of rotating writers, including Sonja Borstner (Gropiusbau), Leon Menschede (Burg Giebichenstein), Anthony Huffman (Brooklyn Rail), Shuang Cai (NYU) and Monique Machicao (Kleine Humboldtgalerie), and by adding site-specific feminist histories in Athens and beyond.

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soundArtPiece
soundArtInstallation
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