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Nahee Kim

Nahee Kim (She/They) is an artist and programmer who explores the possibility of computational representation of sexual experiences and contemporary family institutions as biopolitical technology to control human reproduction. nahee.app is Kim's virtual persona to share their playful speculation about computer programs to organize past sexual relationships and help sexual communication to enhance love and satisfaction. As nahee.app, Kim creates code poems about sex, visual documentation about speculative sex toys and networks, web applications hosting machine-recognized sexual movements. Recently Kim focuses on her family programming project, <Daddy Residency> to delve into the truth of normative family structure. In <Daddy Residency>, Kim will have a baby by herself with donated sperm and raise the baby with multiple Daddy residents who will be recruited from the open call process of the project. By sharing this with the public as an art project, she tries to reveal and investigate her own and people’s discomforted feelings and responses towards the realization of the unconventional family planning project. She is based in Seoul and New York. She is a member of South Korean artist collective eobchae, was a resident of MassMOCA and Pioneer Works, a member of NEWINC, and an affiliate researcher of Summer of Protocols.



Project:

Out of Sight, Out of Time


This research ventures into the intersection of time as conceptualized in distributed computing and AI, and its profound implications on human identity and agency. The exploration is grounded in the recognition of clocks and timers in distributed systems as not merely technical tools but as entities with philosophical depth, echoing the eternalism* versus presentism debate. This inquiry is important in an era where AI reshapes our social, political, and economic landscapes, challenging traditional paradigms of consciousness and creativity.


My project grows from a fascination with the unseen mechanisms of the digital landscape, such as the complex infrastructures of web technology and network protocols. This curiosity leads me to explore how these foundational elements contrast with the nuances of human experience. By diving into how AI systems handle time—whether through synchronizing efforts, sequencing events, or managing system faults—I aim to discover insights on the intriguing parallels between these operational processes and longstanding philosophical debates about the nature of time.


AI's embodiment of eternalist and presentist principles serves as a unique lens to investigate human and artificial intelligence's co-evolution, challenging our understanding of identity in the digital age. This proposal aims to contribute to Foreign Objekt's discourse on the computational turn, offering an artistic and analytical odyssey through the philosophical and practical dimensions of time as mediated by technology. It seeks to bridge the gap between the technical and the personal, the systemic and the poetical, promising insights into the existential implications of these technologies for modern identity and agency.


*Eternalism views all time (past, present, future) as equally real, while presentism holds that only the present is truly real.


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