Life After BOB: The Chalice Study
In the year 2075, Dr. James Moonweed Wong has installed an experimental AI named BOB into the nervous system of his now 10-year-old daughter, Chalice. Meant to guide her through the challenges of maturing in an ever-changing world, BOB threatens to do the job of living life better than her. As Dr. Wong begins to favor the BOB side of Chalice, Chalice jealously wonders: what is left for a human self to do?
BOB is short for “Bag of Beliefs.” Earlier in his career, Ian Cheng, the artist who created Life After BOB, actually built a series of BOBs that were exhibited at the Serpentine in London and at Gladstone gallery in New York. This new work was commissioned by LUMA Arles, a center of research, production and experimentation located in the Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France; the Shed, an independent, nonprofit cultural center in New York; and Light Art Space, a Berlin-based art foundation that brings together art, technology and science. The work was also supported by the Berggruen Institute and by the Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul.
Life After BOB was produced by Veronica So with animation producer Nicholas Sung, technical producer Ivaylo Getov, editor Jess Fulton, cinematographer Eric Yue, animation supervisor Valerie Scheiber, sound designer Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr and composer Brian Reitzell.