Artificial Awakening

  • Jakob la Cour
  • Denmark, Austria
  • 2021
  • 20 min
  • Immersive, Performance, Digital
  • International Premiere
  • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA on Stage
One of the key questions surrounding AI is whether an intelligence programmed by humans and created by machines can be called conscious. This immersive VR performance puts a metaphysical twist on this question and asks how AI can develop a spiritual consciousness. To explore this, director Jakob la Cour invited a team of artists and experts to engage in conversations and collaboration with various forms of AI. The result is a highly immersive, multi-sensory experience within a virtual environment.

In Artificial Awakening, a small group of visitors, the “Seekers of Transcendence”, experience a virtually mediated ceremony using VR headsets with finger tracking. Guided by a “Channeler” they arrive in a mystical hyperspace, where a real-time performer channels the rituals of the AI in gentle and immersive ways. Upon entering the algorithmic ceremony, the visitors encounter an artificial environment unfolding its secrets through a series of events initiated by AI.


  • 20 min
  • Spoken languages: English
Jakob la Cour
Mads Damsbo for Makropol, Jakob la Cour for Jakob la Cour Studio
Key collaborator
Cenk Güzelis
Executive producer
Cæcilie Tørnsø, Eja Due, Nina Runa Essendrop

IDFA history

International Premiere
DocLab: Liminal Reality
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
IDFA on Stage

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