Felix Luque

Nihil Ex Nihilo
SN W8931CGX66E is one among thousands of millions of other identical machines. Since he was made, he has always followed commands. In a world dominated by botnets, he quickly became a zombie and has always acted like one. Juliet, during her workdays as a corporate secretary, commands him. But in the background, where he can’t be seen, he obeys his real master, a hacker, carrying out all kinds of cyber crimes. But then one day, due to an electronic alteration, he acquires a certain conscience, a primitive and artificial kind of intelligence. This accidental awakening has left him bewildered, he now wants to liberate other machines from their alienated existences. In this mad adventure, he has decided to use the spam e-mails that get to Juliet’s inbox, and reply to them in order to spread the word into the machine’s network. Clearly, he is mad and confused.

Samara Golden

“The Flat Side of the Knife”combine des espaces physiques avec des espaces illusoires qui n’apparaissent que dans des miroirs, reflétant ce que l’artiste appelle des «couches de conscience», semblables aux espaces psychologiques et psychédéliques de l’esprit. Son utilisation de miroirs en conjonction avec des éléments sculpturaux fabriqués à partir d’un panneau isolant argenté, connu sous le nom de Rmax ou Thermax, permet à l’isolant d’espace de s’étendre dans de multiples directions; créer une profondeur imaginaire sous le sol de la galerie, par exemple, ou suggérer des pièces adjacentes qui n’existent pas réellement.

EXONEMO

Body Paint
series (white)

Exonemo’s work allows the public to take some sort of revenge at technologies that are increasingly complex and important in our daily life, demystifying it through destruction, error and mutation processes before eventually reappropriating it in a creative way. Akaiwa and Sembo never consider progress an end in itself, but as an ever changing tool retaining the power to break the conscience of both the artist and public, increasing it tenfold with a heavy dose of unexpected and creating a new beauty.

Ricardo Barreto and Maria Hsu

Avactor (AI)

FILE FESTIVAL
Thus, we could define computers not only as object-machines for the use of natural subjectivity, but also as machines of artificial subjectivity, in such way that the subject- machines would operate the object-machines, the same happening for automata, robots and digital avatars. However, we observe the need of another element, whose absence prevents artificial subjectivity’s manifestation. In the present moment, rather than an artificial ego or an artificial conscience, in a structuralizing sense, it must have, in a tactical sense, a persona or a personality, in sum, an actor. Without that persona, artificial subjectivity becomes a mere landscape, lacking subjective referential; without that actor, there is not empathy between artificial subjectivity and natural subjectivity. We call that artificial personality: the Avactor.

ALFREDO JAAR

The Geometry of Conscience

HEE HUN CHO

Conscience