Jiaqi Liang

Date of Award


Document Type

MA Project - Restricted Access (SIA Only)

Project Type

MA Project - Curatorial Proposal

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Stephanie Jeanjean

Second Advisor

Agnes Berecz


In social sciences and humanities studies, theory often focuses on human
individuals, as well as the communities and structures that they have created. Within this human-centric world, individual is widely defined as “a single human being as contrasted with a social group or institution,” while community refers to “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a large society.” Adam Smith, the father of Mainstream Economics, argued the relationship between human individuals and their communities in his renowned book Wealth of Nations in the 18th Century that humans, as rational and self-interested animals, form and rely on their communities to meet their survival and self-development needs. However, no research has been conducted on whether non-human entities, which is defined as a wide range of inanimate objects in this exhibition, possess self-interest and own their communities. In a world of rapid technological advancement, robots and artificial intelligence are granted self-awareness; nevertheless, is it accurate to state that they lack self-interest? This is a question that requires further investigation.