BOB (Bag of Beliefs)

Ian Cheng (2018–2019)

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

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Video installation with artificial life-form


Collection of the artist