HAUNTED MACHINES & WICKED PROBLEMS EXHIBITION
— 12 November 2017
Fourteen artists explore the myth, magic and monsters found in our technologically mediated world. What is the mythological value of oil in Middle Eastern mysticism? How do networks and machines create dynamic interactions between themselves? And how can we use the symbolism of magic to control self-driving cars?
Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems: Myth, Magic & Monsters
Monira Al Qadiri (SN)
Behind The Sun (2013) and Deep Float (2016)
Before oil became a fuel source, it was often used for its medicinal properties. Monira Al Qadiri’s work imagines the resurgence of this therapeutic practice after oil has become worthless as fuel.
Sophia Al Maria (QA/US)
The Magical State (2017)
In contrast to Al Qadiri’s work, Sophia Al Maria explores the extraction of fossil fuels from the desecrated land using allegory: a ritualistic, violent exorcism imposed on the ‘abject’ female body.
Mimi Onuoha (US)
The Library of Missing Datasets (Dutch edition) (2017)
Mimi Onuoha presents a cabinet of curiosities of missing datasets, such as the number of civilians killed by the police.
Suzanne Treister (GB)
Work on display: 20 CIA BLACK SITES (2010)
Suzanne Treister maps ‘Black Sites’, the CIA’s secret research and detention facilities. Their locations are erased from satellite maps, leaving behind blanks.
Navine G. Khan-Dossos (GB)
Expanding and Remaining (2016)
Blanks similarly constitute a framework for propaganda in Navine G. Khan-Dossos’ work. The work she presents at Impakt shows an edition of IS’ magazine Dabiq stripped of all its content.
Coralie Vogelaar (NL)
Recognized/Not Recognized Topology (2017)
What makes or breaks a press photo? Coralie Vogelaar examines this question in her work through Google’s algorithms.
Ingrid Burrington (US)
Star Charts for Five Eyes (2014)
Ingrid Burrington brings together astrology and spy networks by making horoscope charts for the Five Eyes spy agencies, an allegiance between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Auger Loizeau project (GB)
Sublime Gadget – Ripple Counter (2012)
What is the nature of gadgets? Technological innovations make them seem magical, but when the illusion dies, so does the gadget.
Addie Wagenknecht (US)
Internet of Things (2016)
Addie Wagenknecht’s robot vacuum cleaners function depending on their proximity to each other and other devices, such as mobile phones.
James Bridle (GB)
Autonomous Trap (2017) and Activations (2017)
James Bridle’s work maps the activation of layers in a neural network designed for self-driving vehicles. As the process develops, the data becomes more and more unintelligible.
Tabita Rezaire (FR/DK/GY)
Premium Connect (2017)
Tabita Rezaire shows us how technology acts as a mirror of the organic world, capable of healing or poisoning, depending on its usage and users.
Angela Washko (US)
The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft – Nature (2013) and The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft – Red Shirts & Blue Shirts (The Gay Agenda) (2014)
The World of Warcraft community is one of the most diverse in the world. Angela Washko discusses gender roles and feminism with the players of this game, which leads to surprising outcomes.
Zach Blas (GB)
Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face (2012)
Zach Blas confirms the prejudice of facial recognition software through monstrous masks.
Wesley Goatley (GB)
The Dark Age of Connectionism (2017)
The brand new iteration of this ongoing project explores the hidden capacities of always-listening devices such as the Amazon Echo. Are we capable of unravelling the hidden functions of the massive systems which underpin these devices?
This installation considers the idea of embodied cognition on a planetary scale, presenting an audiovisual zoom from outer space to inside our gut. The realisation to be interconnected with wider environments marks a shift in perspective. A co-commission by the Serpentine Galleries and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Monira Al Qadiri (SN), Sophia Al Maria (QA/US), Auger Loizeau-project (GB), Zach Blas (GB), James Bridle (GB), Ingrid Burrington (US), Wesley Goatley (GB), Navine G. Khan-Dossos (GB), Mimi Onuoha (US), Tabita Rezaire (FR/DK/GY), Jenna Sutela (FI), Suzanne Treister (GB), Coralie Vogelaar (NL), Addie Wagenknecht (US) and Angela Washko (US)