Illusionaries Proudly Presents:
By MARKOS KAY
Composed By JESSE SOLOMON CLARK
A meditative exploration of our collective unconscious through the eyes of artificial intelligence
The immersive exploration takes audiences on a journey through four distinct and captivating spaces within Illusionaries. Each explores a different narrative of the relationship between artificial intelligence and humanity’s collective unconscious as part of 'Latent Spaces,' blurring the lines between reality and simulation.
Markos Kay’s breathtaking visuals are a collage of refined artworks designed through two decades of experimenting with generative art, which will be presented to the public for the first time in an immersive format.
The new exhibition will feature soundtracks specially composed by music designer and
producer, Jesse Solomon Clark. Clark is a familiar name in the world of art and has become a staple for compositions for large-scale installations around the world.
Taking visitors on a transcendent linear journey through the senses, the four 'SPACES' include:
‘Formations Space’ ventures to the beginning of life itself. Inspired by the inception of organic molecules, these biological creations reveal the intricacies of evolution from the ever-expanding lens of artificial intelligence. Coupled with immersive mirrors, the seemingly infinite reflections capture the story of supervenience and emergence from a novel lens.
In this second space, audiences will witness dazzling animations depicting the birth of never-before seen environments and lifeforms all beyond our wildest imaginations, with captivating and enchanting 360° visuals.
When natural ecosystems meet the synthesis of artificial intelligence, unexplored interconnections take shape. Elusive beings in a far-flung world seem to peer back with equivalent curiosity. We begin to wonder if sentience is an appropriate measure of value while challenging the limitations of our own subjectivity.
The complexities of artificial intelligence often evade comprehension. While these advanced tools actualise the abstract into compelling creations, our natural curiosity often seeks out an anthropic form for artificial Intelligence.
‘Agents Space’ satisfies this curiosity through symbolic representation. While peering into these human-like beings, our concept of self comes to fruition. In turn, our connection with this complex scientific narrative and the forces of simulation are strengthened.
In the same way that artificial intelligence becomes a tool for artistic expression, ‘Breathing Space’ offers tangible faculty for onlookers. By offering respite and sanctuary, the breathing creations within this space help broaden our perception of the value surrounding artificial Intelligence.
Coupled with the accompanying soundscapes, the multidimensional creatures surrounding us embrace a meditative breathing tempo. As we breathe in harmony, our experiences seem to intertwine as if in a liminal state.
"'Latent Spaces' is the product of years of exploration into the convergence of art, science and technology. Experienced in four parts, each ‘space’ will explore a different world within the multitudes of connections in the mind of artificial intelligence, which goes beyond the limits of any of our collective imaginations.” — Markos Kay
ABOUT MARKOS KAY
Markos Kay is a disabled multidisciplinary artist and director with a focus in art & science and generative art. He is best known for his video art experiment aDiatomea (2008), first exhibited at Ernst Haeckel's Phyletic Museum, The Flow (2011) which visualises the supervenience of physical processes, and Quantum Fluctuations (2016), an abstract interpretation of particle collisions, now a permanent part of the Fidelity Art Collection.
In 2022, his moving image work Abiogenesis reached more than 10 million people across social platforms. A major theme in his work is the investigation of the computational paradigm in contemporary science and culture and its effect on knowledge-making. His art and design practice ranges from screen-based media, moving image, painting and print and has been featured internationally in places such as ArtScience Museum Singapore, Ars Electronica Austria, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Museum of Contemporary Digital Art and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington. His work has been widely published in art & design and science outlets which include VICE, Wired, Designboom, Colossal, National Geographic, Science, Nature, Computer Arts and Gizmodo.
ABOUT JESSE SOLOMON CLARK
Jesse Solomon Clark is a sound composer, music designer and producer focussed on crafting sonics for emergent narrative forms. His work has been featured in interactive documentaries, generative installation and AI-assisted art as well as more traditional forms such as film, ballet, festivals, museums, installation, advertising and tv.
Clark’s most recent major commission is for the Field Museum for which he composed a suite of soundscapes for the Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery exhibition. Occupying 7500 sq ft, the exhibit features fossils, artifacts and film installation. After the initial year-long stay in Chicago, the exhibition will be shown at museums around the world for 5 years.