Yunfeng Yao


‘Digital Twin: Spiritual Machines - Gaze of the Abyss’

Digital Twin: Spiritual Machines - Gaze of the Abyss

Interactive Installation


Micro Displays Module / Raspberry Pi Mini Mainframe / Custom Power Supply​


Royal College of Art, 2023 London

The Koppler X Gallery Piccadilly Circus, 2023 London

"When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes back at you"

As we domesticate AI, will we be domesticated by AI? The answer, I'm afraid, is yes. Hosted on a complex mechanical device metahuman, the red inexplicable glow dazzles at times and dims at others. A terrible prophecy of human destiny unfolds on this cyber device: does the future need us? Should we fear a "beautiful new world"?

In the exhibition site, the vital signs of the audience are captured by the installation and translated from four dimensions into diverse movements and sounds on the physical device, a form of interaction that works by creating a certain type of neuronal network. At the same time, it is a distributed intelligent network architecture involving multiple sensory, feedback loops occurring in a wave field, that enables you to hear your body, awaken your perception of it and re-experience the power of its presence.