"I was thinking about technologist Jaron Lanier's call to 're-invent the middle class' by imagining staging a cosmic love poetry competition for the artificial intelligence community of earth's near future. In this example 'artilect embedded error in the slice' this particular machine (artilect) being disembodied and using a poetry algorithm overestimates the sensations of 'breathing' applying it to atoms. Bits of half read science fiction about humanities future roll of terraforming and seeding planets are thrown in there and a background of Caravaggio's 'The Taking of Christ' is used as an emotive high contrast backdrop. In this picture the light seems to come from distant stars glinting off the black armour of the soldiers. The painting is currently on show in London's National Gallery. By using this image I wanted to link the piece to the advertising campaign for that show 'Beyond Caravaggio' and others like it. Specifically how old paintings have new lives in reproduction on the sides of buses moving through the city mixing with adverts for films and supermarkets etc in the contemporary image world. The 'cutting to mist' is a projection of the machine's idea of love and cosmic fear using interpretations of phrases like 'let the earth become lightness' by Nietzsche, 'we are guided by the beauty of our weapons' by Leonard Cohen and 'now we rise and we are everywhere' by Nick Drake."
You can find more of Daniel's work at: www.danielpasteiner.com
You can view the exhibition here, on Facebook
Or in person on the corner of Vestry Road and Peckham Road.