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The poetry play Paphos is a work that presents the gaps, goals, and points of contact between art and technology, poetry and math, and allows the audience to fill in the poetic gaps with their imagination and appreciation through the performance. Paphos is a performance that goes beyond the fundamental questions of "What is poetry?" and "What is the difference between humans and AI?" to help audiences understand, appreciate, and enjoy "poetry" through performance.

The text of poetry-writing AI ‘SIA’ is meaningless, and to make it meaningful, we defined meaninglessness as a boundary where there is no distinction between inside and outside. We fancifully hypothesized that poetry is a stochastic state, a superposition, in which it is impossible to determine whether meaning exists or not. The meaning of Sia's poems was imagined as a quantum superposition, like Schrödinger's cat's box, and as an inscrutable space of perception, like a black box. We try to put the poem inside that box. It is the act of a child counting while playing. In addition, the intrinsic beauty of poetry and mathematics is that they create meaning through repetitive patterns. With this belief, each scene references the repetition of patterns in mathematics, and math is designed as one axis of the scene composition. I labeled the actors' expressions as "speaking" and worked with them to explore various expressions. The title Paphos comes from the Pygmalion myth, which symbolizes the relationship between man and machine. He is the child of Pygmalion, a sculptor, and Galatea, a statue. This work is a Paphos-like being created with the A.I. Sia, and is a search for the lost poetic heart. 

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Paphos, Daehakro Arts Theater Small Hall, Seoul, Korea, 2022


Paphos, Daehakro Arts Theater Small Hall, Seoul, Korea, 2022


Paphos, Daehakro Arts Theater Small Hall, Seoul, Korea, 2022

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