Timeframe for the project with stills from 2001 and Blade Runner. Extract from critical text handed in on May 2014
I used the two movies I consider to be more successful in terms of defining a specific year for the project.
It could not be less than 37 years but as 2014 + 37 = 2051 that sounds a bit weak or "too near". We are conditioned in a way to remember certain numbers better than others. According to Pythagoras' number theory both movies' years are masculine years (even). I decided for 2057 because seven (7) or Heptad is considered a perfect number. It also has among its names Fortune and Occasion "because it occurs casually and opportunely to everything".1
So, a little bit about the scenario in 2057 and the pieces I developed for the project:
What can happen with society if it is now forced to interact and understand things and devices in a different way?
How can textiles enable us to envision our ability to comprehend the boundaries and outcomes of the interaction between conscious materials and us?
The piece focuses its attention in materials now considered as objects and what is a device. The dialogue we will be able to have with materials that are no longer obedient executors of our will but a more autonomous entity that will demand different ways of handling and tools that suit this new nature in order to work with them.
This video shows the concept behind my project Imminent Body.
What if Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality in the mid future? We may be able to see it as part of our everyday objects and materials that we see today as "dumb" will transform into conscious entities.
I imagined textile manufacturing as an act of programming, where behaviours are mixed just as today is done with different features from different yarns.
If you can't see the video here's the Vimeo link: Body WIP