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Mariah Blue 

‘Silicon Valley Doomsday’, 2019

Video, 4’ 43”

 

Mariah Blue, Working in multiple mediums, investigates biological and algorithmic interrelationships.

Examples of these relationships take form in her work, through body and perception. She transforms

her experience as a digital labourer into readable symbols and stories. 

 

About the work:

One pattern combined with another reveals a greater complexity of relationships.

In, “Mind and Nature,” visual anthropologist, Gregory Bateson writes about what he calls the “Moire Phenomenon”, or the interaction between two or more patterns which creates a third pattern when they are combined. What happens when the biological pattern is combined with the digital in a third pattern? 

On the one hand, there is in Bateson’s words, an “enrichment of information,” increasingly, complex patterns between people and the world are revealed. On the other hand, the body, through this third pattern, becomes like a gene sequence in the genome of this larger, digital body. We make sense of our world through technology. Perhaps by exploring the third pattern of relationships that we create with machine intelligence, it can help us make more sense of what it is to be a human consciousness, or human intelligence.

Acknowledging of the full range of technology, ‘from aspirin to aircraft,’Mariah’s work is engaged with the schematic and abstract developments of AI, connecting them to a spectrum of social and existential concerns. She is interested in precarious and invisible labour in the digital age. What is the body’s

relationship to these forms of work and place in a quantified world? When algorithms are given the job of thinking for us, for example when biased data is used in algorithmic decision making, it reflects the worst of human bias which is already written in its code. Working in multiple mediums, Mariah investigates

biological and algorithmic interrelationships. Examples of these relationships take form in her work, through body and perception. She transforms her experience as a digital labourer into readable symbols and stories.

 

Email: mariah_bl@yahoo.com

Website: www.mariahblue.work

Social Media: @SleepeelS