Ancestors explores virtual reproduction with image generating technologies. Faces captured from audience members are paired to synthetisize descendants, who establish their own family genealogy in a virtual community.
Visual adversarial neural networks have recently computed amazingly photorealistic, artificial human faces. The illusory faces generated by AI can simulate convincingly the finest details of human face. Combining the narrative possibilities of AI and 3D face capturing, Ancestors stages people as parents of an imaginary family genealogy. The virtual descendants play out different family roles in search for a home.