me + you, created by globally renowned artist and architect Suchi Reddy, is a site-specific artificial intelligence (AI) and light sculpture that blends physics, neuroscience, and data technology with the human voice. Situated in AIB’s expansive central rotunda, visitors can activate the two-story installation by speaking their “future vision” into its cloud base. An Amazon Web Services (AWS) machine learning algorithm will translate meaning, tone, and sentiment into a unique kinetic mandala of color and light. Each visitor’s “future vision” will flow into a central totem to create an awe-inspiring monument made up of the collective future visions of the visitors themselves.
The blending of responsive light, color, and AI is groundbreaking in a public artwork. For this first-ever major contemporary art commission by Amazon Web Services (AWS), a team of AWS engineers worked closely with Reddy and project curator Isolde Brielmaier for more than 1200 hours over two years to custom-create machine learning and cloud technology infrastructure.
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Born and raised in Chennai, India, artist and architect Suchi Reddy immigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen. Traveling the country, living, and working in eight states, Reddy developed a keen sense for the similarities and differences that bind communities together. Reddy’s artistic practice takes root in her architectural training with its expression as public sculpture and experiential work. She tackles issues of societal engagement using art and experience to create discourse around subjects with both local and global relevance. Her work engages material innovation and interactive technologies in the service of expressing ideas around the power of community.
In 2002, Reddy founded her award-winning New York-based firm, Reddymade, with a human-centric approach to design, dedicated to celebrating diversity and equality, as well as addressing the economic, social, environmental, and cultural impacts of her work on both the user and the planet. me + you reflects the core artistic ethos of Reddy’s practice and is her first commissioned large-scale sculptural museum installation. The sculpture builds on her ongoing work in neuroaesthetics, the emerging science of how art can positively influence well-being, creativity, and connection.