Cooperating System, TV Show Script, 2021


Cooperating System is a TV show with AI and human actors. It de-familiarizes the popular notion of AI as an invisible, all-knowing force built on values of efficiency and scale. It introduces AI actors whose intelligence is informed through actions of care, embodiment and self-reflection. Humans and AI co-habit in slice-of-life situations where they live as independent beings and forge relationships that can be deep and meaningful but can also be messy and adversarial.

The screenplay of this show is self-reflexive in that it extends its conventional role as a program for humans. This instance of the script has been customized, updated and re-purposed as memorabilia for an ardent fan and supporter, who in turn, has chosen these snippets to showcase some of the most monumental scenes from the series.

The Artist

Tanuja Mishra is an artist, designer and researcher who works at the intersection of public art, speculative practice and critical design. She investigates the cultural, historical and theoretical implications of technology through a feminist lens. Her work often entails collaborative action, trans-disciplinary synthesis and socially engaged methods. Her artworks have manifested as sculptural installations, architectural projections, multi-sensory interfaces and wearable provocations. Her work has been presented at Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and USID (Universal, Sustainable, Universal Design) India Foundation. Tanuja serves as a Visiting Faculty at the National Institute of Design Ahmedabad and has taught at the Vancouver Island University in Canada.