Streaming live Tue 01 Sep, 18.00 BST
Then online until 30 Sept
Watch at the Somerset House Studios website here
Beginningless Mind from Marija Bozinovska Jones is a three-fold audio-visual narrative which interacts in real time with search engines using natural language processing (a subfield of AI) to decipher today’s ordering of knowledge. Featuring music by 33EMYBW and G.G Biberkopf and software developed by Jayson Haebich, the work examines the ‘flowing process of interconnectedness’.
Beginningless Mind follows life on Earth as energy and information unwinding the cosmic law from order to disorder, where the earthling is the youngest, yet most detrimental species.
The audiovisual trilogy observes a (post)colonial symbiosis of nature and culture through Wikipedia as knowledge commons. Scalable timeframes explore earthy life from its early imaginings to live satellite imaging. The worldmaking produced by remote sensing of scientific apparatus is queered with ancient systems of beliefs.
The threefold narrative considers planetary kinship as a visceral sense of interconnectedness grounded in terrestrial breathing patterns and how other ecosystems’ (animals, plants, earth elements) breath is mirrored in our own.
Beginningless Mind will be streamed online with interactive elements, from 1st September at 6pm BST.
An element of the final artwork will be permanently acquired into the University of Salford Art Collection.
Beginningless Mind by Marija Bozinovska Jones is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices, University of Salford Art Collection and Somerset House Studios. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices and Somerset House Studios, and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Commissioned as part of the Somerset House Studios I Should Be Doing Something Else Right Now programme in response to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. An element of the final artwork will be permanently acquired into the University of Salford Art Collection.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/PA