Vestigial Disruptions Series
In considering ecological crisis the intersections of technology and ‘nature’ are often juxtaposed in opposition without consideration for their mutual similarities. This work explores the concept of the organic evolution of machine intelligence in an imagined future. It problematizes the received wisdom that artificial intelligence is manifested as an anthropomorphic super intelligent entity.
The alternative conception I present is one of AI as non-sentient, invasive growth with limited instrumental ends. Like the barnacles on the hull of a derelict ship or the weeds pushing through cracked pavement, small machines overrun the relics of our industrial past, forming colonies that communicate in an obscure and impenetrable language. The viewer is alienated from this world, the vivid colors alluding to an inferred future without human sight. Even the scale relegates the work to a fictive territory in future tense.