Fragments of Future Worlds
Artist: Scott Benesiinaabandan
Inspired by an Ivan Chtchglov quote, this new image work is built from the ghosts of previous experimental excavations.
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“All cities are geological. You can’t take three steps without encountering ghosts bearing all the prestige of their legends. We move within a closed landscape whose landmarks constantly draw us toward the past. Certain shifting angles, certain receding perspectives, allow us to glimpse original conceptions of space, but this vision remains fragmentary.” Ivan Chtchglov (1953)
Basic constructs and fragments from both literal photosites and unseen virtual worlds are employed to create new assemblages and little monuments. The object built to live out in the wild and uncontrolled real-digital spaces. Each new space will temporarily add to its memory of its own future worlds.
Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinaabe intermedia artist paying rent in Montreal. Current research areas concerning AI include Indigenous languages and stories, the nature of both their loss and construction (specifically Anishinaabemowin, or Ojibwe), how language builds worlds, the nature of consciousness, and how AI intersects with these concerns.