Mika Tajima / MATRIX 177
June 1 – September 3, 2017
For MATRIX 177, New York artist Mika Tajima presented an illuminated space that responded to the sentiment of future human expressions modeled by computer algorithms. The installation employed natural language processing and sentiment analysis to consider a future modeled after life itself. The rise of such predictive technology in military and e-commerce applications underlines how speculations of the future radically shape our perceptions, desires and decisions in the present. After Life ontemplated of an escape from a life thoroughly scraped and decoded.
At the center of the exhibition was a hanging light installation controlled by a computer linguistics program. The color and intensity of the lights shifted in real time to algorithmic predictions of future human sentiment. The changing light conditions in the exhibition created a shifting viewing experience of both painting and sculptural elements. Situated like a lone island in the exhibition was a bench-seating form similar to the designs now ubiquitous in airports, cafes, and bank lounges. In the shadows, transparent paintings on the wall reflected the light and objects in the exhibition while concealing themselves from full visibility.
The elements in the exhibition tracked the production of an embodied subject as both a target of ortho-architectonic control and the soft governmentality of computational life.
Major support for MATRIX 177 has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The MATRIX program is generously supported in part by Jeffrey G. Marsted and Marcia Reid Marsted and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s Contemporary Coalition.
Additional support for MATRIX 177 has been provided by 11R Gallery, New York.
Support for the Wadsworth Atheneum is provided in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.
Images: Mika Tajima installation views in the exhibition All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2017.