Multi-Sensory AI Art Installation
REAL FAKE (2024)
Linden New Art Projects Space. January-February 2024
REAL FAKE invites audiences to consider the implications of artificial intelligence on global wilderness.
Combining video and photography with hyper-realistic AI-generated scenes, REAL FAKE blurs the boundary between fact and fiction, prompting us to ponder whether what we see is captured by camera or conjured by computer algorithms.
Our lives are mediated through screens. Advanced machine-learning software, virtual realities and deepfakes increasingly challenge our ability to distinguish the authentic from the artificial. REAL FAKE begs the question: what does it mean to experience the world through its simulation? How does this disrupt our definitions of reality and truth? And what are the environmental risks to this loss of connection to nature, as we unhitch our binds to the physical realm?
“In this epoch of uber-realistic AI simulations, people no longer trust in the authenticity of images. But if we assume that all wilderness imagery is manufactured by computers, we become more disconnected from nature. Nature is something we now experience through the veil of digital noise. If it is all fake, there is no awe, there is no wonder, and there is no need for ecological action.”
– Betty Sargeant
Betty Sargeant REAL FAKE AI IMMERSIVE ART at Linden New Art
The artist has spent substantial time in some of our most crucial global ecosystems including the Amazon Jungle (Brazil), Aotearoa (New Zealand), the jungles of Panama, Batticaloa (Sri Lanka), Zanscar (Himalaya) and Australia (Boonwurrung, Millewa-Mallee, Latji Latji, Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi, Weki Weki, and Wemba Wemba). Imagery created in these lands are featured in this installation. The artist pays respect to the First Peoples of these lands and acknowledges their ongoing struggles.
Over 2024 this project is being developed into a 5-sensory installation involving kinetic sculptures, tactile and aromatic elements.
Dr. Betty Sargeant is an internationally acclaimed media artist whose practice operates at the intersection of art, technology and environmental science. Sargeant combines digital and analogue processes, fusing videography, photography, microscopy, machine learning, graphic design, sound and sculptural techniques to create immersive works that confront the critical concerns of our time.
Sargeant’s installations have enjoyed extensive exhibition both at home and abroad, including commissioned exhibitions for National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the Karachi Biennale in Pakistan, and the Asia Culture Centre in South Korea. She is the recipient of the Good Design Award and received a Premier’s Design Award in recognition of her progressive creative practice. In 2016, Sargeant was the Melbourne Knowledge Fellow, and in 2016-17 was creator-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre in South Korea.
Betty Sargeant (she/they): Artist, audio composer, AI art production, technician, creative director, producer
Betty Sargeant lives and works on the unceded land of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan who are Boon Wurrung people. She pays respect to ancestors, elders and communities.