credit: Ancestral Archives by Josie Williams, in association with EY Metaverse Lab
SXSW Art Program Installation - Ancestral Archives by Josie Williams, in association with EY Metaverse Lab and NEW INC [part of The New Museum]
Cultivating new connections between revolutionary leaders of the past and a future generation of critical thinkers, Ancestral Archives brings historically significant Black leaders, who inspired artist Josie Williams, to present-day communities in the form of virtual poets and authors: Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Octavia Butler. This work explores how generative AI can be enriched with the connections, experience, and knowledge of the past. In doing so, it leverages the learning capabilities of deep neural networks with Black culture to create a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind physical and digital experience, showcasing the power of harnessing technology for positive human impact and building a better world.
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