FlatEarth.io is seen in the exhibition as a sixteen screen video wall that shows a procedurally generated simulation of a competitive multiplayer home building game. Within the fiction of the art work, Robak has imagined an artificial intelligence working backwards to recreate scenes of American life and people based on traces of data: bank account ledgers, census data, biographies, etc. The software by the artist generates these families and people, again and again. Like the parable of ‘the blind men and an elephant,’ there is never one true narrative about American life generated by the AI. Every time it loads different data from its database and generates a new perspective on FlatEarth.io. For example, one time it would generate a scene and say "oh, modern American life is like a cartoon with guns", while with different data it concludes, "oh, modern American life is like a movie about dogs."
The animated scenes of FlatEarth.io encapsulate in miniature our present-day society. The animation zooms in on strange homes through security-camera-like footage. Robak’s software creates different scenes utilizing many different themed 3D models and other assets. The themes each have their own metaphorical flavor, relating, amongst others, to the negative dynamics of our consumption society. Upon generation, each house is given a bank account with a certain balance. As the scene plays out, itemized expenses and deposits appear on the side of the screen. Robak’s animation is a computer-generated microcosm that makes us aware of grand-scale systems often invisible to us in real life.
In this most recent work, Robak’s political voice has become more articulate. In earlier works he hid his political statements under layers of imagery and symbolism, because he was scared of being misunderstood. As a young artist working 70 hours a week with computers and games he was much more concerned developing a technical ability than a socio-political one. After 8 years of intense art practice in New York City his political thought has finally begun to crystallize. Living in NYC was the perfect place for the artist to form his thoughts of American society and its people. Robak said, “We are a people evolutionarily formed in the image of global capitalism, a system that radiates out of this city.”