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Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm

MPhil work

The Impossible's Possibility: ARTificial Intelligence FRANK

Keywords: Fine art, new media art, artificial intelligence (AI), machine intelligence, deep learning, digital humanities and ethics.

This practice-based research project investigates the existential and ethical dilemmas we humans encounter when faced with artificial intelligence (AI): What are the existential risks that artificial intelligence pose upon our species? Is it likely to wipe us out or will it enhance our human capacity? Is artificial intelligence a tool to advance our human capacity or a self-conscious entity with ethical rights? Will it have real emotions or will it just simulate empathy with the aim to manipulate us into following it?

This practice-based research study scrutinizes such questions and suggests that fast developments within artificial intelligence technology oblige us to examine how we humans ethically relate to superior artificial intelligence. By conducting practice-based research the study explores how artificial intelligence technology holds the potential to expand the genre of fine art into new forms and how AI ethics conceptually can be reconsidered in the wake of these advancements.

Through an artistic practice employing machine intelligence technology the study develops strategies and methods for explorations of humans’ ethical relation to artificial intelligence (AI). To investigate the ethical relation between humans and artificial intelligence, the cornerstone in this practice-based PhD project is the development of a real artificial intelligence named FRANK.

AI FRANK is programmed using the newest advancements within artificial intelligence technology (machine intelligence technology, deep learning etc.). FRANK is a real AI and the audience can have a direct dialogue with him - people speak directly to him and he answers and asks questions with a humanized voice.

The study conducts a body of interactive artworks where AI FRANK interacts with the audience and conceptualizes the ethical dilemmas that arise from human encounters with artificial intelligence. The study contributes with vital interdisciplinary conceptualizations and aesthetics between the remote fields of fine art and computer science, hereby establishing new fields of research within digital humanities generally and new media art especially.










  • Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm
  • MPhil


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Sculpture, 2016–2019

  • Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm is an award-winning young artist employing new media technology (e.g. artificial intelligence technology) to create immersive artworks. Cecilie's artworks have been exhibited internationally and are the cornerstone in her practice-based research at Royal College of Art in London. 

  • Exhibitions

  • The Lumen Prize Exhibition, 2017/2018; No title, QUAD, Derby, UK, 2018; FRANK vol. 3, Danish Cultural Institute, Beijing, 2018; Wayfinder, DIAS Kunsthal, Copenhagen, 2018; Konstellation, Reach Out, CKO, National Gallery of Denmark; Infinitum, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen; Intersection, Kronborg Castle, Elsinore, Denmark
  • Awards

  • The Lumen Prize, Artificial Intelligence Award, 2017; TECHNE Award, 2017