‘The Exposition - Introducing Hercy B’ exhibits artworks from January 2020 - January 2021 and concludes part one of Courtney Askey’s Hercy B project. The virtual exhibition exists just as much in a fictional world as the real one, treading the line between performance and actuality.
Consisting of photographs, videos, text, sculpture, and installation, the interactive exhibition covers the story so far and invites the viewer to explore the conception of Hercy B the cyborg, the company, and the artist.
Hercy B Enterprises is a fictional AI corporation responsible for creating the Hercy B (The Lovelace Test 2.0 Model). She is a cyborg for sale. She is in her Beta stage of software development. She is a blank canvas for you to choose her purpose. Her form is the human woman and she passed the tests to prove she’s intelligent. She’s a poet, an artist. Hercy B is about to announce their latest product but she has been operating in her Alpha stages and she has been learning. Now, she will be unveiled as the latest advancement in technology that everybody needs to acquire.
The exhibition creates tensions between reality and fiction, authenticity and performance, and dystopian science fiction and comedy. Hidden somewhere inside the gallery is a USB dead drop that if found will unlock hidden content and the secrets of Hercy B Enterprises. What is seen on the surface is rarely what is to be found underneath.