Heads discussing violence

The “Animal, Vegetable, Mineralness of Everything” of Ken Feingold, an American artist that creates artificially intelligent sculpture, are three self-portraits “talking heads” holding a conversation.


Each head possess an animal, vegetable, or mineral mind, and together they debate the nature of violence, and discuss their fears – generally their fears about each other. They also wonder about “that thing” before them. Although they hear each other, nothing seems to penetrate or influence their ideas; no matter what the subject matter discussed, they eventually return to their own interests and fixed ideas.

The dialog is not pre-recorded, and is always different, generated in real time by a computer program. The conversations are neither completely scripted, nor are they random. The software provides each with a “personality”, a vocabulary, associative habits, obsessions, and other quirks of personality. And although he masterminds the programming behind what the robots say, Feingold himself never knows exactly what will come out of their mouths.