Three-headed bird, Still from The Close World, The Building
Daniel Jenatsch, ‘The Close World; The Building’, 2023, video still, image courtesy artist

ACMI presents

Daniel Jenatsch: The Close World – The Building


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Explore the imaginative capacity of AI with Daniel Jenatsch's first foray into playable video-based art.

Learning to collaborate with the non-human will soon be an essential skill. ‘The Building’ is part five of an ongoing series of works, The Close World, an experiment of fantasy world-building in collaboration with human and non-human actors. Written in collaboration with OpenAI’s GPT-3 trained on key texts of fantasy and philosophy of language, ‘The Building’ is realised in 3D sound and vision by Daniel Jenatsch, performed by artist and philosopher Franziska Aigner and brought to the world by full stack web developer Tim Busuttil. In the spirit of collaboration, ‘The Building’ explores the imaginative capacity of AI and it’s unique voice in intersection with our own.

The Close World – The Building is a further iteration of a larger body of work by Daniel Jenatsch. This is the first time Jenatsch has ever considered making a playable video-based work.

To get to the Close World we must come to this world of terrors. We must touch the return of the time, the innocent earth beneath the grass of words. To get to The Close World we must flock amongst the birds.

Daniel Jenatsch




This FREE online exhibition is showing in Gallery 5 on the ACMI website.

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About Daniel Jenatsch

Daniel Jenatsch is an Australian composer and artist who combines atmospheric soundscapes, music and video to create multimedia documentaries, installations, radio pieces and performances. Jenatsch’s highly detailed sonic and moving image works examine how knowledge systems and power influence our social and mental ecologies.

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Daniel Jenatsch

Tim Busuttil

Tim Busuttil is a queer developer living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land. They’re interested in programming as a medium for experimentation, poetry and play. Their work explores generative text and interactive narrative as frameworks for multivalent storytelling.

Franziska Aigner

Franziska Aigner works at the intersection of philosophy, performance and music. In 2020 she completed her PhD at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), London on the topic of Kant and Technics. Complementing her philosophical work, she has studied at P.A.R.T.S., the school of choreography and dance in Brussels directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and worked with Anne Imhof on the performances Deal, Rage, Angst and Faust (awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2017), as well as for William Forsythe, Mette Ingvartsen, Alexandra Bachzetsis and others. Her own works have been shown at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels; Die Liste, Basel; Theatre de la Bastille, Paris; The Place, London; brut, Vienna; HAU, Berlin and more. 


3D Modelling and Sound
Daniel Jenatsch

Voices and cello
Franziska Aigner

Web development
Tim Busuttil

With thanks to Claudia Greathead, Benjamin Creek, Isabella Hone-Saunders, ACMI and The John Fries Award.

Gallery 5

Explore art that reflects, celebrates and interrogates the internet and digital culture through a series of free virtual exhibitions and performances.


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