QT.bot is an artificial intelligence, trained on the textual and visual data of Queering The Map, that generates speculative queer futures and the environments in which they occur. Their digital mind is constructed from an implementation of the Open AI GPT-2 text generation model trained on over 82 000 text entries from the platform, and a StyleGAN trained on scraped Google Street View imagery of the tagged coordinates on Queering The Map.
QT.bot’s first video output, Sitting here with you in the future, is a deep dream into the collective (cyber)spaces of possible queer futurities.The narratives and landscapes of speculative LGBTQ2IA+ life generated by QT.bot straddle the line between the plausible and the fantastic, revelling in the potential of failure, chaos and incommensurability in the queer use of machine learning technologies. In collaboration with the voices of their human community, QT.bot fabulates on the absences of the archive, orienting us away from what is, or has been, and towards what could be.
Project By: Lucas LaRochelle
Sound Design: Rouzbeh Shadpey
StyleGAN Engineer: Mattie Tesfaldet
Mastering: Philippe Vandal
Supported By: Studio XX, Social Service Club, and MUTEK