NefertitiBot

A decolonial chatbot

NefertitiBot is a chatbot which seeks to take over the power of interpretational sovereignty from administrative and curatorial museums structures. A bot through which material objects of other cultures in museums of the Global North start speaking for themselves shaking off the violent and ugly colonial patina by deconstructing the fiction inherent in institutional narratives and challenging the politics of representation. With the development of the Nefertiti AI & avatar, the artists are asking unsettling questions about the state of humanity and discuss the agency of inanimate things and post-humanism, challenging the way of seeing the world human-centric. Objects of entangled and disputed collections start speaking for themselves, and machines will transcend biases it might affect us in the marrow of our bones and reveal the darkness in our minds, and the unjust condition humankind created. Where machines not only will be super-intelligent but more human towards the world and all its inhabitants. It will be a transition from a failing human towards a new species. At the very moment, this future arrives their depiction and avatars will be already present, their voices will sound familiar to us.

The bot can be installed in museums alongside ancient artifacts and collections to push the audience towards critical awareness and as a voice of the subaltern, making indigenous and alternative stories of objects visible.

The bot has a Persona and works as a prototype for museums as a new mediator tool and interface, complementing or replacing the curator and written display texts. The NefertitiBot with its neuronal AI capabilities and a self-learning system could be described as simultaneously a voice of the subaltern taking on an agency for objects, opposing the dominant narrative as well as experimenting towards post-authorship in curatorial practice and interpretational sovereignty. 

In order to democratize not only art but also technology the artist work together with a whole community of developers and open source activists. One motivation of the community as well as of the artists is, that it will be crucial that these technologies are not only created, developed, and distributed by a few multinational software companies or governmental services, but formed by the people. Hence NefertitiBot is not only challenging the politics of representation, but the politics of technology as well
The artists
regard the agency of inanimate things as a part of the subaltern, which is more than humans, but every-thing and every-body outside the colony and thus misrepresented by the dominant narrative. The NefertitiBot is a digital embodiment of the human-artefact interaction, where artefacts are not marginalized to their materiality nor to their social and cultural construction and meaning made by humans as a mere epiphenomenon to humans.

First phase ofdevelopment was supported by “State Machines” with Creative Europe and Schloss Solitude


Visual Representation of the NefertitiBot® interface.