PROBE I, Averso Specillo Di Ducendum


The PROBE I or VERSE SPECILLO DI DUCENDUM, is the first of a series investigates the speculative future of space exploration, colonization and discovery through post-planetary machine life providing a pathway to alternate forms of the Panspermia hypothesis. 

PROBE I, is an AI-driven interactive mechanical sculpture that presents a version of the artist’s imagination of post-planetary machine life. This is the first of the series. Following the thought exercise of the Panspermia hypotheses (the theory that life on the earth originated from microorganisms or chemical precursors of life present in outer space and able to initiate life on reaching a suitable environment), the installation speculates on a future where alien conscious machines can bare the trials of space travel to investigate the hostile environment of our earth.


The installation tracks people and object data of the immediate space around it, including human presence and movement, and feeds this data back into a machine learning program framework developed by the artist that analyzes and stores said data in a database.

This database can then potentially be used by future artists to develop data-driven work, where art generates new art, much in tune with the panspermia logic of life regeneration. This piece, collected by the UNArt Center in Pudong Shanghai in 2019, also marks the surge of machine learning art installation in past years, and like an exotic species collected by past explorers, the AI piece itself represents a new exotic genre of media art collected by the budding media art institute.

This work was commissioned and collected by UNArt Center in Shanghai, China. 

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Images of the life size Probe 001 at the UNArt Center, Shanghai, China. 2019.

Machine generated heat

map displayed here in

this strip of flex LED

that encompasses the


Video of machine learning generated heat map based on data collected of Probe surroundings.

This heat map is displayed on the flex LED interface at the middle section of the installation. 

3D models of the internal workings of PROBE 001. 2019.

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The probe was designed to be life size so that the installation can easily capture the visitors who interact with, as shown in this diagram. The final installation stands at a little over 2m tall.

Archival footage taken of early tests with the machine

learning module on the streets of Berlin.