Created by Marco Donnarumma in collaboration with Neurobotics Research Laboratory and Ana Rajcevic Studio, Amygdala MKI is a prototype for an artificially intelligent prosthesis with only aim is to learn a purification ritual of “skin-cutting” found in animistic tribes, so it trains on its own body, endlessly.
Rituals of purification and AI technology share a key role in the politics surrounding the human body. Rituals of purification are among the most ancient means of social categorization. In both animistic tribes and religious societies, access to social positions is granted only to those who performs particular rituals. In a similar and dangerous way, AI algorithms are used today to categorize human bodies and regulate their access to medical assistance, social welfare and criminal systems.
By repurposing biofeedback methods, whole-body vibration and wearable bioacoustic technology, the work aims to unlock latent qualities of the human body through its coupling with the technological system.