Hasmik Mkhchyan | The Garden of Forking Paths

Hasmik Mkhchyan

The “Garden of Forking Paths” is my second film inspired by the visionary narrative of Jorge Luis Borges. This personal video art project, along with the first one, “Electric Dreams: Echoes of the Metz Speech”, constitutes the anthology “Infinite Realities” which takes us on a fascinating journey through parallel worlds.
Delving into the concept of alternate realities and branching timelines, these films invite viewers to contemplate the mysteries of existence and the vastness of potential universes.

The exploration of parallel worlds is not a new concept; it has roots in philosophical musings and early literary works. However, it was not until the 20th century that this idea gained substantial traction, particularly in science fiction and scientific discourse. In 1941, Borges introduced the notion of branching time in his renowned story “The Garden of Forking Paths,” illuminating the concept with unparalleled clarity.

In the vast landscape of literary imagination, few minds have dared to explore the labyrinthine depths quite like Jorge Luis Borges and “The Garden of Forking Paths,” is a masterpiece of narrative complexity, a tapestry of parallel universes and the infinite possibilities of existence.

With the advent of Stable Diffusion AI technology, I had a chance to embark on a journey to honor Borges’ legacy in a new form. Through the fusion of art and artificial intelligence, it is now possible to bring to life a video essay that delves into the intricate layers of “The Garden of Forking Paths.” In embracing Stable Diffusion AI, I expanded the horizons of creativity, transcending the limitations of traditional mediums. This technology allowed me to weave together disparate threads of thought, creating a tapestry of imagery and ideas that mirror the complexity of Borges’ universe. It opened the opportunity to delve deeper into the labyrinth, uncovering new pathways of interpretation and understanding.