Future Mythologies: Pandora

Nathaniel Stern

Anne Spalter

If she had to do it again, Pandora would still open the box.

Future Mythologies is a collaboration between Anne Spalter and Nathaniel Stern for theVERSEverse’s GenText series. It’s a series of 12 poems written in collaboration with text-based AIs, incorporated into videos produced with the help of text-to-image AI. Each explores a character from Greek mythology, with a sci-fi twist. Written and performed by Stern, video art by Spalter.


I too would have opened the box,
taken my leave,
wanted to know,
gone to the moon.
I too would have been tempted
to lift the lid,
to see what was inside.
I would have faced the same questions!
Eyes wide open, journeying through space.
I want knowledge. I want hope. I want to want. And no one can stop that.

I am goin’ on my star trek.