What ties ties, ties
A collection of essays by Mariah Blue, Kathrin Graf, Lana Murdochy, Younwon Sohn, Amy Winstanley
What ties ties, ties is a book created by five artists of different nationalities, backgrounds, ages, and gender identity. This book is tied by 'Doubt', a short story about questioning perceptions of the world by Scottish painter Amy Winstanley (b.1983), 'Call Us by Our Names', poems that are a collaboration between Mariah Blue (b.1977) and a machine learning algorithm, 'Housewarming, Dear Ghost Ants', an invitation essay about house, creature, and future scenery by Korean artist Younwon Sohn (b.1990), 'Tadpoles', a short coming of age story exploring friendship and imagination of young women by Scottish-Kurdish artist Lana Murdochy (b.1995), and 'Moving Matter', an essay on exploring the relationship between feelings and the design of surfaces by German sculptor Kathrin Graf (b.1984).
Sonic Meditation: Vibrational Bodies
In a collaborative sound performance with artist Tina Reden, we discovered 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 create varied tonalities depending on how they are interacted with. These ceramic coil pots were made using similar techniques to those used since the stone age. We imagine alternative uses for technologies and play with the distinctions between hi and low tech by plugging in these stone age pottery vessels and using them as musical instruments.
SleepeelS is a Youtube persona. In her performances and videos, she uses Youtube’s Creator interface as a medium. SleepeelS lives mostly in virtual space but creates a physical form for herself by co-opting the digital devices of her audience through the Youtube platform. A cacophony of echoes can be heard in the room as phones play back her live streamed performance at differing stream rates. These echos are fed back into her computer mic and broadcasted again creating a sonic feedback loop. Eventually all speech is drowned out by the intensifying reverb. The Youtube algorithm is designed to selectively choose extreme content in order to captivate the attention of its audience. A feedback loop occurs between viewer and algorithm where ideologies become polarized in a self-fulfilling echo chamber of ideas. SleepeelS hopes to someday be an influencer of the Youtube algorithm
In order to escape ambiguities, technology allows us to imagine and prepare for future scenarios. As an artifact of human thinking, technology serves in the ordering and shaping of our natural world. Human thought is the code from which technologies are written. When a machine is used for complex decision making that is normally done by humans, contradictions become apparent. A machine is not capable of all forms of logic. When algorithms make these kind of decisions, human prejudice is looped back on itself exacerbating a cycle that criminalizes minority groups, poor people and other vulnerable populations in society.
Domestic Work Algorithm
These works examine the exploitative relationships between labor and digital platforms. 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 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.
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.
A sound composition and animation that explores the auditory hallucinations that can be experienced during episodes of sleep paralysis.