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Ground Truth is an invitation to interface with the Val Taleggio region through an anthropomorphized version of its grasses and pastures. The identity of the valley has been informed through personal documentation of extensive trekking throughout the region. This immersive experiential process of traveling between pastures is a fictional embodiment of transhumance.
The primary outcome of this project is a web based interactive design fiction in the form of a conversational bot. To build this interface, findings were processed and programmed into the natural language understanding artificial intelligence of IBM Watson. This bio-inspired digital story is further supported by a website hosting images, video, and GPS mapping of the field research. This project, created by David Chan, is made possible through the generous support of the Nature Art & Habitat Residency and Workshops.