Of art
and technology
Braga, Portugal

Yuqian Sun

Wander [001]


How to turn human knowledge into a speculative future? And how should we participate?

Wander [001] is a multi-media public art project based on an AI chatbot. Wander is an AI android travelling on the future earth. Send messages to her of any real-world locations, and she would visit and send sci-fi travel notes and street scenes from a random future time. Each trip would be like a text-based adventure for participants, but there’s no fixed choice. All contents are generated through AI based on real-world location information. Through public participation, the history of the journey would keep updating the future map. This is the future earth explored together by humans and AI.

This work aims to gather art and AI technology together with speculative narrative, making people immerse in the fictional world with the most familiar message software. Till Feb 2022, more than 13000 people have joined the journey.

Yuqian Sun is a Chinese AI artist and researcher who graduated from Tsinghua University and Goldsmiths, University of London. She’s currently a doctoral student at Royal College of Art. Inspired by conversations between virtual characters in video games, she produces works that steer with curiosity. She creates art projects based on AI chatbots, which focus on the narrative and intimacy in human-AI interaction. Her works and research have been presented at galleries and conferences including 2020 Artificial Life, The media facade of Yeltsin Center, 7th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing, 2021 Asia Digital Art Exhibition and Shanghai Aiiiii Art Center.