Deep Paula

StartexperimentalDeep Paula

In this work, we are confronted with an old photo that has been “brought to life” with the help of artificial intelligence. Does the girl seem authentic? Do we feel closer to her? What becomes of faulty memory when it gives way to artificial vividness? Doesn’t this illusion rather contribute to forgetting the last remnants of the memory of the real person? And would “Paula” have liked what we do with her memory?

But let’s think just a few steps further: thanks to artificial intelligence, it is already possible today to create a perfect, seemingly “living”, digital “self”, as offered by companies such as Storyfile, We leave countless traces on the internet in the form of search queries, purchases, contributions from our lives – photos, videos, comments – and much more. Will this turn us into transparent marionettes that ghost around the web forever? Who is pulling the strings in the background? Will we still be able to tell the difference between living and dead, human and artificial? And further: if the loss of a person is compensated for by a digital twin – what meaning will farewell, grief and pain still have?

Can you imagine that the memory of you exists forever on the net as a living digital twin?

Would you like to resurrect a deceased loved one as a digital copy?

Music: AI-generated

“Paula’s” real portrait photo can be found in the work Below the Surface (Book Object).


Would you consider bringing a photo of a deceased loved one to “life” using an AI application? Yes? / No?

analogue real-time visualisation of the survey in the exhibition Uncanny Valley, New Gallery in the Höhmannhaus, Augsburg 2023