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What is your greatest fear?

Can AI systems experience boredom? Do machines have the capacity to allow their programming to wander into the internet and explore concepts of desire? In using daily junk email as a medium, Valender scratches beneath the digital interface of artificial intelligence and automation culture to consider the existential relationships surfacing between mortal cognition and algorithmic reasoning. The work interrupts a familiar oblique exchange between the human, non-human and human-made human.

George Paton Gallery Virtual

June 2020