Jonas Blume

PREDICTIVE BIOGRAPHY

2018

single channel video installation

dimensions variable

runtime: 10:00min

pictured in Pedoran Vinci at NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf

 

Predictive Biography is based on a biographical text co-authored by me and my phone. Using the phone's predictive texting feature which learned my syntactical and vocabulary patterns as I use them when composing texts and emails, I let it re-construct formative and anecdotal events in my biography.

 

The animation was created using motion capture of me lip-syncing Siri as she reads the biography. While the script for the projection relied on my phone adapting to my personal use of language, the animation process demanded that I conform my speech to Siri's rhythm, speed, and emphasis. The result is a piece that compounds the data-based and IRL selves, reality and fiction, the factual and the synthetic, into an image of self that understands itself as a acknowledgment and reconciliation of online and offline reality, rather than two separate identities existing independently from each other.