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BOB (Bag of Beliefs)

Ian Cheng, BOB (Bag of Beliefs)

BOB (Bag of Beliefs) presents a virtual life-form composed of six unique forms of algorithmic consciousness. Although BOB has a simple shape—in part inspired by the whimsical animation of Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki—it represents a fascinatingly complex instance of artificial intelligence.

Influence BOB’s life by making an offering via the BOB Shrine app. Download the free iOS or Android app by visiting

Being Human

Christopher Kulendran Thomas, in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Being Human

Being Human is set against the backdrop of a newly prosperous Sri Lanka. The country is home to a burgeoning contemporary art market that emerged in the wake of a prolonged civil conflict between the national government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which ended in 2009. The film confronts the political erasure of Eelam, where Christopher Kulendran Thomas’s family is from, as it examines the foundations and legacies of humanism—a Western belief system that insists on an individual’s indivisibility, agency, and authenticity.