Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
This text discusses how my art explores the relationship between humans and contemporary digital technology and investigates how this relationship shapes today’s society. With the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and more data-driven technologies, the interaction between humans and digital technologies has become more intimate and complex. Today, machine automation is an essential development factor in society. An increasing number of industries will benefit from the automation of goods through digital technologies such as AI-driven tools. As automation continues to develop, machines will gradually become indispensable and closely integrated into our lives. In an increasingly automated and data-driven society, digital technology will become more active and humans will become inert.
In my work, I do not try to predict the future or sound an alarm to humanity; instead, I employ AI to assist me in generating my artworks and also to explore the state of contemporary society metaphorically. In a society where humans have increasingly become more dependent on digital technology, it is critical to examine the positive things they can do for us and also consider their potential downside. Will these technologies ever cause us any substantial harm? I do not know the answer to that question. However, there is one difference between the times when such enhanced technologies did not exist and our current times—machines have started to engage at a deeper level in the decision-making processes that used to be the exclusive realm of humans. I do not attempt to depict definitive reflections of today’s societal condition; rather, I invite viewers to contemplate and absorb the realities depicted by my work in their own way.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Suzuki, Takura, "But They Are Not Real" (2021). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 149.