Bureau of Cloud Management (BCM) is an interactive simulated environment project created as part of the artists' recent art research on the emerging co-creating patterns between human and AI generating models, focusing on how human agency is affected during co-creating. It’s an artistic intervention that invites machine agency and human agency to collaboratively recreate the experience of observing clouds - one of the most imaginative human activities, which draws the initial picture of the dreams of every one of us and associates ourselves with our primitive thinking of and connection with the broader world.
The duo imagined the BCM, a speculative government agency that manages the clouds passing by its jurisdictive sky area. The artists invite the public to role-play the staff cloud observers, using voice input to share their observations of clouds through visiting a web portal on their mobile devices. An ML-based synthesis pipeline will transform these audio observations into simulated 3D clouds and showcase the public’s collective imagination as an immersive media installation.
Tong Wu is a creative technologist and multimedia artist raised on the Internet. She now co-exists with her digital doubles in New York and the Chrome browser. Wu's art research focuses on cyberculture, the digital system, and how "individuals" form relationships with their over-populated avatars in the era of digital. She uses various media, such as 3D visuals, machine-learning models, and web-based experience to construct a speculative world of digital doubles and present the fluid yet dystopian nature of the "individual".
Wu graduated from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and the photojournalism program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has exhibited her work internationally, including INDEX Biennale 2022 in Braga, Portugal, Koganechō Art Management Center in Yokohama, Japan, CURRENTS New Media Festival in New Mexico, U.S., International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) DocLab Session in Amsterdam, Netherlands, CultureHub & La Mama experimental theater club in New York, U.S., SandBox Immersive Festival Acceleration Program in Hangzhou, China.
Yuguang (YG) Zhang is a New York-based new media / AI artist, a lead machine learning technologist at De-Yan, and a member of NUUM Collective. His current practice, which incorporates interactive media, installation, and live performance, focuses on the reciprocal relationship between human and technology, the connections people make with tangible and intangible AI, and the cultural, societal & ethical shifts that come along.
Zhang's works have been showcased at NeurIPS, aiartonline, ML x Art, Neural, the NYC Media Lab Summit, New Inc., CultureHub, La MaMa, Movement Research, Battery Dance Festival, The Center at West Park, Currents New Media Festival, and Processing Foundation community conference in New York, NY, Brown Arts Initiative in Providence, RI, Cycling ‘74 Expo in North Adams, MA, Maxxi - The National Museum of XXI Century Arts at Rome, Fu:bar art festival at Zagreb, Beijing Times Arts Museum, B·O·N·D International Virtual Live Performance Festival in Shanghai and more.
Installation site: 285 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA.
Image of AI generated clouds, provided by the artists