«The Seeker» CKRBT

Machines are watching and interpreting images that are captured by algorithms operating other machines that are seemingly watching the world on our behalf.

The CKRBT (pronounced see-ker-bot) Network is browsing the world. It watches and consumes images collected and fed to it by feeder machines. Any thing, or person, entering the bots’ field of vision will be similarly analysed and categorised. The installation sets up a self-contained system where machines are performers, audience, content providers and commentators.

CKRBT is a new installation from Thompson’s ongoing project The Seeker which explores the emergence of the machine gaze and the hidden virtual power structures behind it. The Seeker is a machinic entity that travels the world virtually looking through compromised surveillance cameras and using machine learning algorithms to describe what it sees.

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CKRBT is presented at Watermans Gallery, London from 22 March – 02 June 2019.

Software development: Martin Dixon & Richard Hopkirk
Images: Geoff Titley