Ian Cheng, 3FACE production drawing, 2022. Courtesy the artist.

3FACE is an adaptive artwork
by artist Ian Cheng.

Every 3FACE is born as a unique energy daemon. Once held, 3FACE reads your wallet’s public transaction history and infers your personality traits. Then 3FACE begins to adapt itself to you…

3FACE is a new way to express the mess that is you. Forget trying to explain yourself as a coherent person. You are a composition of forces—your immutable Nature, your semi-mutable Nurture, and your mutable Posture. 3FACE portrays your inner drama so you don’t have to.

Join the adventure of a life lived with your 3FACE.

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About Ian Cheng

Since 2012, artist Ian Cheng has produced a series of simulations exploring an agent’s capacity to deal with an ever-changing environment. These works culminated in the Emissaries trilogy, which introduced a narrative agent whose motivation to enact a story was set into conflict with the open-ended chaos of the simulation. Recently, he has developed BOB (Bag of Beliefs), an AI creature whose personality, body, and life story evolve across exhibitions, what Cheng calls “art with a nervous system.” Currently Cheng is developing Life After BOB, a real-time anime miniseries.

Ian Cheng has exhibited widely including solo presentations at MoMA PS1; Serpentine Galleries; The Shed; Leeum Museum of Art; LUMA Foundation; Carnegie Museum of Art; De Young Museum; Sharjah Biennial; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Julia Stoschek Collection; and group presentations at Venice Biennale; Museum of Modern Art; M Plus; MoCA LA; Moderna Museet; Whitney Museum of American Art; Hirshhorn Museum; Tate Modern; Louisiana Museum; Fondation Louis Vuitton.