Ghost Writer

Bill Hart and Svenja Kratz

The Ghost Writer writing machine uses a programmed neural network to produce an ongoing narrative written in the artist’s handwriting. The narrative is based on an original stream of consciousness text by the artist that reflects on the prospect of separating the mind from the body and being resurrected as an artificial life entity or digital clone.   

The original narrative also includes a database of seminal works by prominent critical theorists, scientists and philosophers that engage with the mind/body problem and notions of the posthuman. Over time, the AI engine will re-combine and re-write the original story to produce a new text.

The work encourages viewers to consider what constitutes identity and the self, and how consciousness may be altered if transferred into a machine or alternative technological body.
Can you replicate and transfer consciousness into a machine? Would a digital copy of a mind be a form of preservation rather than a continuation of consciousness existence?

About the contributor(s) 

Svenja Kratz is a new media artist with a background in bioart. She is Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Creative Practice at the School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM) at the University of Tasmania.

Bill Hart originally trained in physics and has worked as a new media artist for the past 30 years. He is Lecturer in Creative Arts and Head of Studio (Time Based Media) at the School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM) at the University of Tasmania.

Dietmar W. Hutmacher is a world leader in the field of regenerative medicine and biofabrication. He currently leads the Australia Research Council Industrial Training and Transformation Centre in Additive Manufacturing and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Queensland University of Technology.

This work was developed with support from the Creative Exchange Institute and School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania, Australia.