Ghost in The Stream: What if Our Machines could Scream?

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August 2021

This piece of work is part of a dissertation submitted to MDes Sound of Moving Image, The Glasgow School of Art. Summer 2021 

Ghost in The Stream: What if Our Machines could Scream (2021) is a binaural soundscape with AI-generated images exploring the possibility of an expressive voice for digital beings.

The audio-visual piece is part of a series, Even We're Scream, which focuses on the ongoing protest in Bangkok, Thailand where citizens are demanding the reform of the constitution and the monarchy. To examining the online residue of anger within our machines by using machine learning applications to investigate how the collective voice can be used to negotiate systems of dominance and whether the emancipated listener reluctance to attend to these voices can be bypass.

On 4 June 2020, Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a Thai pro-democracy activist and alleged lèse majesté offender was abducted from his home in Phnom Penh, Cambodian where he took refugee as a political exile.

Satsaksit was charged under Section 12 of the 1992 Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country for a Facebook post criticising Prayut Cha-o-cha, then the junta leader, and now, prime minister. 

Satsaksit’s disappearance ignited a series of events leading up to the 20th September 2020, where Parit Chiwarak and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul lead the crowd to occupy Sanam Luang, an open-air park outside of the Grand Palace, demanding for the reform of the constitution and the monarchy.

The audio recording was taken from a Facebook live stream of the day where Parit Chiwarak and other activists presented a letter containing the ten demands to the public and the government.

 

Accompanied by an English translation and the synthesised screams detected by FaceOSC and voiced via Max MSP from the screens that saw the protests.