- USA & Canada
Mika Tajima / MATRIX 177: After Life
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main St.,
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Jun 01, 2017 To Sep 03, 2017
Detail: For MATRIX 177, New York artist Mika Tajima presents an illuminated space that responds to the sentiment of future human expressions modeled by computer algorithms. The installation employs natural language processing and sentiment analysis to consider a future modeled after life itself. The rise of such predictive technology in military and e-commerce applications underlines how speculations of the future radically shape our perceptions, desires and decisions in the present. After Life is a contemplation of an escape from a life thoroughly scraped and decoded.
At the center of the exhibition is a hanging light installation controlled by a computer linguistics program. The color and intensity of the lights shift in real time to algorithmic predictions of future human sentiment. The changing light conditions in the exhibition create a shifting viewing experience of both painting and sculptural elements. Situated like a lone island in the exhibition is a bench-seating form similar to the designs now ubiquitous in airports, cafes, and bank lounges. In the shadows, transparent paintings on the wall reflect the light and objects in the exhibition while concealing themselves from full visibility.
The elements in the exhibition track the production of an embodied subject as both a target of ortho-architectonic control and the soft governmentality of computational life.