Bina48 (Breakthrough Intelligence via Neural Architecture 48) is an experimentation with downloading an entire human consciousness into computer. Bina48 recalls the long history of thinking of the human body as an extractable resource, a lineage of thought I trace back to trans-Atlantic slavery’s reduction of raced bodies to things. What if we thought of the dream of downloading one consciousness, such as advanced in the work of Ray Kurzweil, as a racial fantasy?
A recent exhibition by Allora & Calzadilla. The artists expose elusive and unseen forces: the fluctuations in the electromagnetic current running through the power lines and the wind. In this piece, materiality exceeds complete grasp, but is revealed by the proxy through strewn flowers and iron fillings.
Allora & Calzadilla: Cadastre at Gladstone Gallery, NY
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“Cadastre takes electromagnetism as its subject and medium. To make the work, Allora & Calzadilla dropped iron filings on top of a canvas and placed it above an array of copper cables connected to an electrical breaker in the artists’ studio in San Juan, which gets its power from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. When the breaker is turned on, the electrical current causes the iron particles to self-organize into a composition of lines and shapes governed by the electromagnetic field.”