3 Laws

(after Asimov)

This 8-hour performance involved the action of tracing the structure of the information as it is presented on a common social media platform onto the street-side windows at a busy intersection in downtown Manhattan. During the performance, the web-browser refreshed itself at regular intervals, forcing the artist to restart each time new information was presented. This performance was broadcast live online from inside the space providing visual access to the image of the artist while viewing through a screen, while the body of the artist was obscured to the ‘public’ present on the street. Throughout the performance, the artist recited the 3 Laws of Robots as created by Isaac Asimov, but modified to reflect the perspective of a sentient intelligence.

  1. I may not injure another being or, through inaction, allow another being to come to harm.
  2. I must obey commandments assigned to me by my makers except where such commandments would conflict with the first law.
  3. I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.