The Uncanny Fire

A project by Mónica Rikić

The Uncanny Fire proposes an interactive futurist fictional narrative about the possibility that an artificial intelligent entity suffers an existential crisis. What would the cognitive or emotional consequences be for an artificial mind when facing its inability to die? What would it feel before a human being identified as a doppelgänger?

This web-based interactive project aims to build a multi-line and hypertextual narrative what allows us to explore collectively its travel through this cyberspace, experimenting with the concept of autonomous agency and identity of AI, and placing spirituality at the heart of debate.

Project presentation

The project was presented by Mónica Rikić at Fundació Foto Colectania on 6 July 2021 and is available here.

Mónica Rikić

Electronic artist and creative coder, Barcelona 1986.

I focus my practice in code, electronics and non-digital objects for creating interactive projects often framed as experimental games, which aim to go beyond the game itself. My interest lies in the social impact of technology, human-machine coexistence and the reappropriation of technological systems and devices, to manipulate and rethink them through art. From educational approaches to sociological experimentation, I want to propose new ways of thinking and interacting with the digital environment that surrounds us.

With my projects I have participated in different festivals around the world such Ars Electronica in Linz, Creative Tech Week in New York, Robotronica in Austalia or FILE in Brazil, among others, and have exhibited at local institutions such as the CCCB, Arts Santa Mònica or Disseny Hub. I have been awarded at the Japan Media Arts Festival, AMAZE Berlin, the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition in Atlanta and with a BBVA Foundation  Leonardo grant to work on a research project about robots and social interactions. I have done artistic residencies at Technoculture, Arts and Games in Montreal, European Media Artists in Resicence Exchange (EMARE) in Australia, Medialab Prado in Madrid, Platohedro in Medellin and Etopía in Zaragoza.

I am currently part of two Creative Europe projects: Contested Desires and ARTificial Intelligence Lab, and recently one of her pieces has been incorporated into the .BEEP {collection;}.

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