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 2021 queer AI: puutarha


Queer AI: The Garden was a part of a multiyear Queer AI –project by #digiteatteri. The Garden was a paradise-like oasis, installation and an artificial landscape in the courtyard of Cultural centre Caisa. You could visit the Garden when passing by or stay longer and be more involved.

In the ever-changing Garden you could pop by or linger to wonder what is behind the creation. If desired, the visitor could participate in creating more diverse reality.

In the Garden, the Gardeners were wondering how the world was born and how reality is created. They examined the myths of creation from the perspective of the diverse gender and sexual orientation.


A digital nursery was also planted online in the Garden. Nursery is fertilized with search engine optimization to answer the questions “why is the world the way it is?” and “how the world was born?”. Nursery aims to bring out the discussion of diverse perspectives of gender and sexual orientation.

The language of the Garden was finnish.


The aims of the project are to create an artificial intelligence that understands the diversity of genders and sexual orientations, produce a performance about that artificial intelligence and to influence the development and research of artificial intelligence in general.

The core group of #digiteatteri is Aku Meriläinen, Maria Oiva & Jyrki Pylväs. The working groups includes also Annu Kemppainen, Jamie MacDonald & Essi Salmenkivi.

Queer AI is a project funded by Kone Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation and AVEK. Queer AI: The Garden is arranged in collaboration with URB festival of Kiasma theatre, EU project BEPART and Culture Centre Caisa.

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