Ian Cheng’s “Thousand Lives” Simulates Daily Drama of AI Pet Turtle in “Life After BOB” Spin-Off

Ian Cheng’s solo exhibition “THOUSAND LIVES” opens at Pilar Corrias, London, presenting the American CGI artist’s 2022 real-time anime Life After BOB: The Chalice Study and a new simulation. Thousand Lives (2023) focuses on Chalice’s pet turtle, Thousand, a key character in Life After BOB. Driven by an inferential AI model, Thousand must reconcile internal urges with the affordances (and threats) of Chalice’s apartment environment in “a new kind of ‘slow story’ achieved only via simulation.”

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