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 

https://youtu.be/yybL5j1kx5o 

SleepeelS 

Sleepeels is a Youtube personality. In her live stream performances she uses the digital devices of others to create a physical form for herself. She broadcasts herself live on the smartphones of her audience while streaming from her computer in the same proximity. A cacophony of echoes can be heard in the room as smartphones playback her performance at differing stream rates. Eventually the intensifying reverb drowns all speech and high pitched frequencies fill the room.

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

https://youtu.be/Aq1knyuTTLM

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

https://youtu.be/KoHkbAImVWc


Calling all Homo Sapiens Sapiens, 2019

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

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLOi0j1d9kQUEh0Cv92fi3DfH7hqxW5Vm

Feedback 

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.

Paradoxical Mountain, 2019, 3:23 min

https://youtu.be/GmZbmeBubj4

Realtime/ActivTrak, 2019, 9:21 min

Feedback loop of screenshots taken by employee surveillance software

https://youtu.be/F1n_Pw9Oc_g 

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

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Screen recordings of Philosophical conversations with Siri

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


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.

https://youtu.be/C9P1CEwxlww  

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, still from virtual reality drawing,  dimensions variable

Vr Bodies, 2017, still from virtual reality drawing, 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

https://vimeo.com/140767323 

Using Format