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🖤 "Sous le regard de machines pleines d'amour et de grâce" #palaisdetokyo #sousleregard #mikatajima

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╠ Where I close in on a book, object or person that has influenced my practice. This week: The Narcissus.


Optimal Prime is a material-led project. Long before I knew what I was creating, I had made a decision that I would work with plastic parts of toy tank, airplanes and cars, plastic zip ties and metal wiring.
In the eventuality that all plant life ceased to exist, landscapes would be littered with these two materials, which in my vision would create the ‘natural’ landscape of the future. Shortly after I had made the first sculpture, I saw a yellow narcissus/ daffodil and realised how much the object I made resembled this flower.


The narcissus is a pretty amazing flower. Other than its association, by name, with narcissism and the love for one’s self, which is very #now, it is also unique in that it does not play well with other plants. All species of Narcissus (plural - Narcissi) create a toxin which, when released acts as a poison for other flowers sharing water with it. From this toxine, medication against Alzheimer’s has been developed. Because of this I see narcissi as a very appropriate avatar for a project that has as its premise the demise of all organic plant life. Symbolically, the narcissus flower is also regarded as a symbol of re-birth and new beginnings which is exactly what the time in the future called Optimal Prime is: a way for humans to continue thriving despite having exhausted their direct source of oxygen, a new type of Renaissance. ║

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╠𝕎𝕖𝕖𝕜𝕝𝕪 ℤ𝕠𝟘𝕠𝕞 Θ 𝟚𝟘𝟙𝟠 ════


╠ Where I close in on a book, object or person that has influenced my practice. This week: the poet Richard Brautigan and his infamous poem ‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ (1957). I chose this poem because of the ripple it created in time and as testament to the visionary power of Mr Brautigan, whose mind was already fostering concerns years before my mother was born on a topic that still challenges philosophic thought today – what our place is in a technocentric world.


║Belonging to a genre of poetry that fully embraces the (now quaint) perception of technology known as cyber-optimism, this poem by Richard Brautigan gets close to the fraught idealism of my Optimal Prime series. It envisions a world in which machine and nature live harmoniously in freedom, under the endless supervision of AI. The suggestion of freedom, of course, as, after a while, we would evolve to be dependent on the machines’ care and careful watch.


║Testament to its staying power, the poem's title was taken on and re-interpreted on various occasions in the last few years, no less because it reflects current concerns on our state of being as humans. It gave its name to a 3-episode series produced for the @BBC by filmmaker Ian Curtis (2011), as well as a more recent vinyl of 'lo fi deviant electronics from the true underground' released by the people at @junorecords in 2017. I was very happy and excited to see it give name to an amazing group show at @palaisdetokyo curated by Yoann Gourmel in 2017 which had one of the best cybernetic installations I have seen in a while by Dorian Gaudin @nathaliekarggallery. You should look it up, it's called Rites & Aftermath.


║What I chose to take from this, however, is that we should be conscious of the kind of messages we leave behind for future generations to ponder. Some might leave a long trail. In my work, I choose a message of hope.


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#technology #AI #robot #time
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"Under the eyes of machines full of love and grace” – RG: @zoe.line.lisa #palaisdetokyo #sousleregard

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