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    lot 47 — !Mediengruppe Bitnik & Low Jack, Alexity (2018)

sold in slot Conceptual in auction Chapter 1
Concluded. 2021/8/21, 3 pm to 6 pm
auction finished. artworks are no longer visible for licensing reasons.

minimum price   70 €
price estimate   120 €
sale price   70 €

edition   Edition of 100
provenience   Direkt aus dem Atelier der !Mediengruppe Bitnik
condition   Makellos
technique   Printed 12” EP sleeve, print on acrylic glas, download code.

Intelligent Personal Assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Siri are the brains of the smart home ecosystem. They operate, monitor and control smart home appliances while keeping the algorithms and rule-sets that determine their workings secret. Intelligent Personal Devices are voice controlled, thus dissolving the machinic presence of the computer while placing its functionalities at the users disposal. It’s like living inside the machine, while at the same time having no agency over the composition and structure of ones environment.

What are the relationships that we are forming with these IPA devices? What happens when IoT devices are hacked to form rogue bot-networks? Is my capacity to act expanded or diminished when relying on these semi-autonomous devices?

Together with French musician Low Jack, !Mediengruppe Bitnik have been looking at ways to engage with Alexa and similar ’Intelligent’ Personal Assistants through music.

A set of three songs attempt to capture the feelings we develop toward Intelligent Personal Assistants: The carefree love that embraces Alexa before the data privacy and surveillance issues outweigh the benefits. The alienation and decoupling/uncoupling from the allure of remote control and instant gratification. The anxiety and discomfort around Alexa and other Intelligent Personal Assistants that is Alexiety.

The EP is best streamed on the radio for the enjoyment of smart homes everywhere. Play it loud, so your neighbours devices can hear.

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