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Voice in My Head
DocLab

Voice in My Head

Kyle McDonald, Lauren Lee McCarthy
United States
2023
60 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling , IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

For some, ChatGPT is the answer to any question, for others it’s an apocalyptic vision. For media artists Kyle McDonald and Lauren Lee McCarthy, a chatbot offers a lot of interactive potential. Becoming part of their installation Voice in My Head is a subjective experience in which ChatGPT is used to influence and shape personal conversation choices.

In a reception room, you are given wireless earbuds that connect to an application. From this point on, you have a voice in your head that makes itself heard whether you ask it anything or not. Is it creepy or in fact interesting when the chatbot listens in on your conversations and immediately responds to intervene in your social reality?

This reality is the festival environment, where you talk to other visitors who are probably not aware that it’s not just your brilliant mind steering your conversations. “The voice” encourages you and feeds you knowledge. And if you linger on a topic for too long, it advises you to move on to a new subject.

Please note that this artwork makes use of AI tools, and samples of your voice and speech will be used to generate responses as you interact during the experience.

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Credits
60 min
Unknown
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Kyle McDonald,
    Lauren Lee McCarthy
    Kyle McDonald,
    Lauren Lee McCarthy
Production
    Kyle McDonald,
    Lauren Lee McCarthy
    Kyle McDonald,
    Lauren Lee McCarthy
Screening copy
    Keira Chang for Kyle McDonald Studio
    Keira Chang for Kyle McDonald Studio

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