«The Seeker» CKRBT

The Seeker is a Demiurge AI, a machinic entity, which travels the globe virtually. It looks out onto our world and describes its visions. The Seeker’s base substrate is the hard/soft/ware matrix of the internet and its eyes are the swarms of surveillance cameras that encrust our world.

A re-versioning of Ptah-Seker, the artist/technologist god of the Ancient Egyptians who created the world by speaking the words to describe it, The Seeker is hidden power structures made manifest. Its engine is the growing ability of machines to analyse and classify their visual input. Through the study of The Seeker’s data output we can explore how this act of describing the world might establish a whole new worldview for machines and humans alike.

CKRBTs are physical avatars for The Seeker, ‘bots’ with camera eyes and synthesised whispering voices. 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.

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

Installation view, Watermans Gallery, London. (2019) Image credit: Geoff Titley

This work is available for touring. Please contact studio[at]nyethompson.co.uk

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