MARIAH BLUE

Sonic Meditation: Vibrational Bodies

In a collaborative sound performance with artist Tina Reden, we pushed the sonic possibilities of ceramic coil pots as natural speakers — think of the sound produced by a sea shell when held to the ear. The varying shapes and sizes of the hand built coiled pots created varying tonalities, according to the shape of the pot and placement of microphones in the pots by performers to create layers of sonic feedback. These ceramic coil pots were made using techniques that have remained largely unchanged since the stone age. 

Sonic Meditation and Vibrational Bodies, 2019

A collaborative performance with Tina Reden, Zone2Source, Amsterdam 

Sleepeels Youtube Channel

Like a positive feedback loop amplifies sound rapidly when a microphone is placed too close to a speaker, social media feedback loops amplify divisive political views and biases in humans. Personalized searches and selective algorithms filter users into homogeneous, interest based groups. They become more divided from each other in a self-fulfilling echo chamber of ideas.

Calling all Homo Sapiens Sapiens, 2019

Sleepeels Youtube video playlist screened for Festival of Choices, Zone2Source, Amsterdam

You Are The Future, 2019, Livestream Youtube video, 2:28 min


Sleepeels youtube channel livestream performance, broadcasted on multiple handheld devices during Torpor/A Bliss/A Slump, Staircase exhibition May 2019. 

Conversations With Siri

Siri is a disembodied voice, a speech algorithm and it is the virtual assistant ‘living’ on my late 2011, 15-inch, MacBook Pro. There aren’t biological sensory organs in my MacBook such as ears, eyes and skin which could detect the emotional quality of my voice or see facial expressions, and feel the temperature of my living room. Instead of human sensory organs, there are keys detecting finger strokes, voice sensors for speech recognition and a camera that if I was being paranoid could act as a digital eye into my personal living space.

Fugue State, 2018, Looped videos on Asus tablets, 2:5×4:5×5:5 min

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Domestic Work Algorithm

These works examine the exploitative relationships between labor and digital platforms. I am currently using the employee monitoring software ActivTrak on myself and exploring what productivity means as a digital worker. In the work, I become my own employee. A worker surveillance algorithm mines my employee data, takes random screenshots of my online activity, and tracks my digital activities. In a similar project, Domestic Work Algorithm, I use my employee work data to create digital tapestries.This data is collected from my “day job” with the domestic labor platform Helpling, a digital platform described as “Uber for housekeepers.” The tapestries are created by a similarly exploitative online platform which outsources weaving to the lowest bidder. 

Digital weaving of work data from contracted cleaning work with Helpling™ domestic help platform

Tapeworms Mosaic (hand embroidery detail), 2018, 50 x 150 cm, digital weaving


Domestic Work Algorithm and Tapeworms Mosaic, 2018, 50 x 150 cm, digital weaving


Realtime/ActivTrak, 2019, 9:21 min

Feedback loop of screenshots taken by employee surveillance software

Helpling Grrrl, 2018, video, 0:34 min

The Helpling house cleaners platform logo has been manipulated in video editing software and gains her own voice. 

Algorithmic Drawings

Digital drawings can be made using the language of code. Anything can be used as data and therefor programmed into a drawing.

Symbols are hand drawn in repetitions following an algorithmic equation. The equation is created using dice. The dice choose which symbols will be used within the drawings, how many times they will be repeated, what order, and the colors which are used. The drawings can be hand replicated once an equation is formulated. 


   

Kraken, Digital representation of cryptocurrency trading from October 2017 to January 2018, Dimensions variable

Kraken and Domestic Work, 2018, Dimensions variable

Digital representations of cryptocurrency trading and Helpling labour programmed in Java 

Domestic Work Algorithm Java Code, 2018, Dimensions Variable

Java program using data from my work with the online house cleaners platform Helpling.  

Algorithmic Drawing, 2017, colored pencil on paper 150 x 125 cm

Part of a series of drawings created using imaginary symbols drawn in repetitions according to an equation created by dice throwing.

Performed Algorithmic Drawings,  2017, Dimensions variable

Documentation of Performance at De Punt, Amsterdam


VR Bodies

What bodies might look like if downloaded into a virtual space. The evolutionary process scrambles and bodies morph into various biological forms. Sometimes limbs are added or subtracted and there can be the addition of feathers and tails as well as the presentation of multiple genders. 

VR Goddess, 2017, dimensions variable

still from virtual reality drawing

VR Bodies, 2017, dimensions variable

still from virtual reality drawing 

VR Bodies, 2017, dimensions variable

still from virtual reality drawing 

Robot Monster Spaceship Alien Goddess

For the Big Draw international drawing festival, I led a workshop in which people were free to use the paper and drawing materials provided and draw together to make a communal installation with the theme of robot, monster, spaceship, alien or goddess.

Robot Monster Spaceship Alien Goddess, 2016, dimensions variable

Robot Monster Spaceship Alien Goddess, 2016, dimensions variable

Robot Monster Spaceship Alien Goddess, 2016, dimensions variable

Sleep Paralysis 

A sound composition and animation that explores the auditory hallucinations that can be experienced during episodes of sleep paralysis.

Sleep Paralysis, 2015, 3:37 min. 

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