Performative installation featuring an Amazon home safe, immerses the performer in a meticulous task within the safe—methodically drilling a hole. A sheet of sensitive photographic paper is display inside. The paper is capturing the result, a photograph of the performer. This black box becomes a metaphor for photography in our digital era, drawing bridges between the camera obscura—a darkened room with a small hole at one side through which an image is projected onto a wall opposite the hole—and our relationship with visual media within the digital society. It prompts reflection on the ways in which our perception of security and privacy may be compromised in the pursuit of capturing and sharing images. The project sheds light on the thin line between technology and human expression. It invites us to consider our place as both creators and subjects in a world where the boundaries of image-making and privacy are continually redefined.
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Performative ecosystem that encompasses humans, machines, and animals. It delves into the intricate dynamics of a colony of ants engaged in a meticulous task within a framed installation: precisely cutting out an image of a coin from a human hand. This tableau serves as a metaphor for the multifaceted processes of image segmentation and the evolving nature of work in our digital era. Drawing bridges between the 18th-century Mechanical Turk, a deceptive automaton mimicking human chess-playing, and the Amazon Mechanical Turk, a platform facilitating microtasking for training autonomous systems, Crowdsourcing, in its expanded scope, becomes a critique of our collective behaviour within digital society. Display our unconscious contributions to the labor for Big Tech companies, prompting contemplation on our digital interactions and roles in a technologically driven world. The project provocatively challenges viewers to reassess their involvement in digital ecosystems, urging reflection on the complex processes concealed behind seemingly simple tasks. By emphasising the parallels between human, machine, and ant labor, it invites us to consider our place in a world where the lines between species and technologies blur.
A hole in a metallic tube, a text emerges on the back, not intentionally placed, revealing the artist’s profound reflection on his experiences working for Amazon Mechanical Turk.The image an emotional journey within the digital workforce. The metallic tube, with its industrial aesthetic, takes on symbolic significance, representing the rigid and often dehumanizing structures of online labor platforms. The hole in the tube serves as a poignant focal point, suggesting a breach or rupture in the seamless facade of automated work.The text inscribed on the image offers a raw and honest glimpse into the artist’s emotions during his engagement with Amazon Mechanical Turk, a complex blend of frustration, dehumanization, and a paradoxical sense of liberation. It prompts viewers to reflect on the blurred boundaries between human and machine, the impact of digital platforms on individual autonomy, and the harsh realities of unpaid labor in the gig economy.
Based on the experiment analysis of behaviour developed by psychologist Dr. Burrhus Frederic Skinner in the 1950’s, Selfie
Rats deploys a three-stages experiment with a group of rodents. Trained with a sugar distribution system connected to a camera, a group of rats produces images of themselves by interacting with the photographic apparatus. At first driven by the trained compulsion to eat sugar, they eventually just playfully snap pictures. By echoing addictive behaviour engineered by social media companies to keep users captive, Lignier humorously addresses what cultural theorist Yves Citton calls ecology of attention, a coercive system, which commodifies our attentiveness with a mechanism based on sheer pleasure.
A gorilla clutching a camera, seemingly possessing an innate understanding of its purpose. According to communication theory from the mid-20th century, media devices were already thought to become extensions of our bodies. But could we speculate that photography has become instinctual? Decisive
Moment refear to the news stories about monkeys stumbling upon cameras and taking pictures — I’m sure, it’s because photography has long integrated itself into our natural condition, it’s in our primitive pre-human subconscious.