across the star-flooded fields the sound is shining clear composed of glimmering lights
it’s frothing the viscous air inhaling the copper promise in the frayed tint speckled with olfactory traps
slithering away in the lustrous gardens through cushions of time dictating the direction of winds
— crosslucid (2023)
Dwellers Between the Waters (2023) is conjured by the interdisciplinary artist collective CROSSLUCID as a series of hybrid rituals that mediate the space in between physical presence, trauma, memory, healing and virtuality. Polyphonic in its artificially-intelligent framework, Dwellers Between the Waters could be experienced as a happening that is chanted by various elemental entities such as waters, winds, earth, air, algorithm… as well as poetry, history, magic, human and more-than-human creatures… This happening of digital rituals questions about the singularity of humanist perception on reality. Co-performing with artificial intelligence, it attempts to create alternative epistemologies and outlooks on the (so-called) reality through rendering multi-focal narratives and embedding the psycho-magical practice in forms of living ‘sigils’.
Combing artificial intelligence with the practice of magic and alchemy, Dwellers Between the Waters seeks possible solutions in response to the traumas of the contemporary anthropos, and examines how artificial intelligence, in terms of artistic practice, remains integral to our contemporary condition, that is, the ever-evolving climate crisis and the sixth extinction of species coupled with wars, inflation, capitalist exploitations… By evoking, cultivating and connecting various forms of consciousness in the virtual realms, Dwellers Between the Waters invites the ‘dwellers’ who inhabit in and among ‘realities’ to share their stories and experiences, which then feed back to the (so-called) reality as evolving strings materialising across both physical and virtual domains to (hopefully) bring novel perspectives for further changes.
by oxi pëng
CROSSLUCID is an artist collective founded in 2018 in that engages in highly collaborative cross-disciplinary projects in co-evolution with technology.
Their work and research converges around the exploration of the self as a network; intimacy and the potential for pleasurable actualization through the digital sphere, and the re-imagination of our alliances with technology seen as part of a sympoietic biosphere and universal post-material consciousness.
Through filmmaking, poetic Artificial Intelligence, multi-layered techniques of collage, assemblage and experience-led interventions they create scenarios and build experiential formats that instigate prototyping and rehearsing potential futures and progressing metamodern values.
Their work has been exhibited and showcased by iMAL, Vellum LA, Epoch.Gallery, The Osaka Museum of Fine Arts, SXSW, Expanded Art, Art Encounters Biennial, Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, AI Biennial Germany, NOWNESS, Google Arts & Culture, wrong biennial, LUX Moving Image, Garage Rotterdam, Art Basel Miami, The Lobkowicz Palace and ARD Culture amongst others.
Crosslucid’s work has been published in international books and magazines: ZEIT, Dazed & Confused, CLOT, SO-FAR, Institute of Network Cultures, Modern Weekly, Elephant, British Journal of Photography, Slanted, and Kunstforum International amongst others.
Currently, they are working on their first full length sci-fi documentary 'Translucid' in co-creation with AI.
During the residency they will be sharing their creative process and the one of their collaborators on their upcoming fully AI-driven multi-channel video installation Dwellers Between The Waters (2023)