What is Socrates' phone number?2016
A woman sits at a table. Next to her is a vacant chair. Participants are invited to join her and read through a script in the part of UNKNOWN PERSON.
'What is Socrates' telephone number?' begins with an understanding of how our brain works - how actions and memories of actions create the same neural pathways. When asked a question the brain can determine in advance whether there is any point searching the memory for that fact – or if it is pointless.
The script has been taken from conversations the artist has with an AI (www.cleverbot.com) during a period of emotional turmoil: the breakdown of a relationship. The work invites participants to consider their own desires and motivations and aims to playfully disrupt their understanding of who they are.