FEBRUARY 27 TO APRIL 17, 2021
FEBRUARY 27 TO APRIL 17, 2021
TIM KENT | AMY SCHISSEL | MICHAEL A. ROBINSON
The painting depicts the fictional politic in the digital sphere and how warfare's physical attributes become a virtual reality nourished by algorithms. The background represents transformed photos of a military parade in Russia. This transformation symbolizes the distortion between warfare's physical reality and the fictional political stories that algorithms implement to respond to production needs. The military attributes magnificence are colorful to create a visual attraction of physical and economic invincibility. This circle of political warfare is illustrated on the top background with an arena. The circle of games and victory shown to passive watchers validate the given fiction of success.
This perception of military empowerment with a strong visual identity marks the idea of a monopoly of digital signs and symbols within a forced distanciation that will annihilate the faculties of physical grouping and interaction. Beyond the blue curtain, the blue shape in the foreground, of simulation impulsed by deep learning, the value of warfare relates to digital existence and functionality to create new conflicts that will reorganize tomorrow's world.
Decision envisions the concept of meta-learning and pure theory associated with the empirical knowledge that determines our finitude. The infinite consciousness of the digital self intervenes in the decision process. In the background, the painting associates a classroom's visuals and an auditorium behind white cubes to symbolize how our learning experience becomes obsolete in the digital world. The cubes are the delimited spaces of our digital consciousness. In the foreground, prints are embedded onto the painting to make them merge with the surface. The images represent the elements of facts supporting the theory of how our conscious decision process is vanishing and is replaced by the fluctuations of the implemented algorithmic data to fulfill the need for new digitized productive values.
A print of neural networks is apposed to relate to brain function. The Peabody Library's image represents the knowledge carried in books when the ARPA networks' image symbolizes computers' knowledge. The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network ARPANET was the first wide-area packet-switching network with distributed control and one of the first networks to implement the TCP/IP protocol suite related to the internet's origin. The distorted photos of classrooms with vibrant colors appear on the canvas to show how our consciousness is shifting in front of a dematerialized learning environment. Finally, the painting refers to Francois Chollet's paper "On the Measure of Intelligence" as machine learning becomes crucial in the mind's evolution.
Those notions are visually linked with imaginary networks made of ink and marker. The firm, black and colorful lines are drawn to remind us the delimitation of physical space and our restricted digital apprehension regarding our digital value. The phenomenology of elements is redesigned in new imaginary environments where the mind will become a constituent of productive machinery defined for our effortless comfort of thinking to be transformed into a productive value. Finally, a white transparent shape is drawn to reinforce the notion of spatial delimitation and show our finitude in a decision process constrained by neural networks.
The painting develops the idea of isolation induced by the pandemic during the learning process.It describes how learning through the digital networks teaches the machine to learn from us and our behaviors. With the pandemic, some measures have been taken to ensure students' safety who must return to class by separate them physically speaking. New rules are adopted in new delimited environments creating the "other spaces" about Michel Foucault's Heterotopias. They are the convergent spaces between our physical entities and our digital self.
Two photos in the background illustrate the concept of isolation and machine learning's expansion. The first photo represents ballot boxes being physically transformed into student workspaces. It symbolizes the isolation of the physical entity into a frame that becomes digital. The isolation process shifts the consciousness slightly to develop a value in the other digital spaces with the amount of involvement we have in it. The ballot boxes surround the learners to protect them and inhibit their flexibility and adaptability to their environment, making them in the same situation as a machine. Their social senses are annihilated. The fact that the machine thinks differently and doesn't have human contingency forces it to accumulate all the data necessary to compensate for its lack of experience. On the other side, our human behaviors are shifting with the constant digital interactions.
The second photo depicts a soccer field's frame to envision the new rules that will make us meet the machine. Our experience is being transformed into binary code to support the evolution of our minds. The learning process in new environments of dematerialized information and objects defined by data creates an algorithmic compliant consciousness to fulfill the economic game theory.
To support this idea, Duval embeds collages on the canvas.
• Empty highway
• Imaginary HSBC blueprint to refer to the economic productivity of the digital self
• A historical blueprint of Harvard College - ref to the physical storage of knowledge through thehuman's entities that make it alive and the books
• A digital soccer field - the dematerialized rules of existence which are created in the abstract frame of a game theory
• Neural networks
• Classroom set up in an empty auditorium to symbolize the physical entities' dematerialization and ask the question of its productive value.