Friday, February 21, 2020

Non, Actually --- Days 8/314,315, 316, 317

Walks: 1. Pacific Heights Mansions Tour, SF Playhouse 2. Japanese Tea Garden Tour 3. Hood 4. de              Young Press Preview (Uncanny Valley, AI), Presidio Tour
Distances: 6 miles: 4 miles: 1 mile, small yoga; 4 miles, Yoga

So Ciwt made a mistake with this photo because it looks a bit mellow and soothing.  No!  Not in person.   This is Room 1 (Ciwt thinks) in the de Young's Artificial Intelligence (AI) show, Uncanny Valley, that will open tomorrow.  What you can't see here is the ultra blaring sounds that accompany these objects - all of which might look real but are artificial.  You also can't see the various tech stations where you can spend up to 1 hour somehow interacting with this room.  

Then in the next room is this (which moves around)
                                          and is somehow connected to the thing on the right.

It has its own ways for lengthy interacting and its own jarring, hysterically downbeat soundtrack.

There are 8 or so more rooms along these lines, all with seemingly ultra despairing points of view. And this is the de Young's latest show.  Ciwt is genuinely (not artificially) nonplussed.* (as well as pretty alienated).

*definition of nonplussed: (of a person) surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react.

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