Last week I was in Utrecht taking part in a conference at IMPAKT about future life that was inspired by the ArchaeaBot installation we made, which is part of their current exhibition.
As part of chairing a panel called Future Digital Life: A World Without Us? I gave a short talk about my art practice including an overview of my Algorithmic Photography technique.
I was inspired by the quote from the Philip K. Dick story A Scanner Darkly (also made into a film by Richard Linklater):
What does a scanner see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does a scanner see into me – into us – clearly or darkly? I hope it seesA Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick (edited)
clearly,because I can’t any longer these days see into myself.
Throughout my exploration of computer vision techniques, which have certainly informed Algorithmic Photography, I’ve always been interested in how the ‘eye’ of the computer sees us and how we perceive it sees us. In the age of machine learning, where big data algorithms perceive us in ways that may have direct impact on our lives, we certainly hope it sees clearly.
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to take any photos during my short stay in Utrecht, but there are more travels to be had shortly!