Jingfang Hao

Jingfang Hao

Author, Researcher; 2019-2020 Berggruen China Center Fellow


Hao Jingfang, author, researcher. Hao graduated from Tsinghua University with an undergraduate degree in physics, and she later gained her PhD degree in Economics and Management from the same university. She worked as Deputy Director of Research Department I in China Development Research Foundation from 2013 to 2018. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School in 2018. Her research projects during those years include The Coordination of Big City Groups in China, The Rise and Fall of Great Nations, The Labor Market in the Era of Artificial Intelligence, and The Structure of Research and Innovation in China, etc. Hao started to write novels in 2006, and she won “The Best Novelette” for her short story “Folding Beijing” at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Hao will focus on how the technology development impact social cognition during her time with the Berggruen Institute.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.

RAVE (IRCAM 2021) https://github.com/acids-ircam/RAVE