6 information panels, 5 à 70cm x 120cm (h/w), 1 à 50cm x 85cm (h/w), printed white on black MDF
various installational media elements
Publication: "Der Wolkenknödelpalast" (Wolkenknödel Palace)
paperback 190mm x 125mm, 108 pages
Wolfskind Project is the story of a learning algorithm that got lost in the Amazonian rainforest in the early seventies. After being flooded and left back at the Putumayo Center in the epic flood of 1974, it was subsequently found and raised by a group of '68 activists living close by. It achieved cult status with them, until it was eventually retrieved by a researcher for the FOWDIB Foundation Woodhead for Digital Consciousness1.
The artefacts and documents retrieved and restored from obscure archive sources form a winding, intricate tale questioning the history of AI algorithms and the role of hard to believe factors for the narrative of contemporary digital technology.
The display elements of the secret Wolfskind Project comprise various story-related objects: crates with AI cores, generative animations, and – as the centerpiece – a livecam installation that reconstructs the legendary Wolkenknödel Palace, a shrine erected for the imaginary Wolfskind AI.
Documentary text panels with descriptions of all elements, a map of the Amazonian site, and a timeline of events are added to make the complicated storyline accessible. In addition, a paperback booklet reveals all known facts about the project in a detailed report.
1 The FOWDIB Foundation Woodhead for Digital Consciousness is a fictitious organization that has been secretly conducting and funding research projects on digital consciousness and artificial intelligence since the early 1960s. These include the projects T.R.I.P. (2009) and T.R.I.P. for mobile (2020) and the secret research center on the Putumayo river.