Nye Thompson & UBERMORGEN
UNINVITED Stills: Courtship
The second edition of Lumen Prize award-winning 'UNINVITED' Stills, in partnership with GAZELL.iO
The NFT triptych 'Courtship' are AI hallucinations of the UNINVITED film. Cars breathe heavily whilst the negative space slowly vibrates. Described by the artists as 'radical AI-CCTV creatures', oscillating between anxiety and lust - a world where nothing makes sense.Read more
About the works
The NFT before you is part of the UNINVITED project. Started as a film, it depicts an alternate reality as seen through the eyes of CCTV and AI. Images hijacked from thousands of unsecured CCTV cameras from all over the world are the basis of this work. These images were sorted, analysed, interpreted, and optimised by a set of deep learning algorithms and then orchestrated into a horror film: "An invisible networked super-organism oscillating between anxiety, lust, and horror. Described by the artists as 'a radically new creature looking at the world and nothing makes sense,’ the synthetic organism apprehends the universe through millions of hallucinogenic virally abused (CCTV) sensors. Thompson & UBERMORGEN’s life-form continually evolves by using human and machine learning. It defines its own existence and distributed agency through undergoing fear, instability, aggression, and vulnerability.”
For the first set of NFTs, the artists used a scene from a section of the movie - "Fight/Flight > Human" and fed it to yet another AI ("Deep Nostalgia") in order to animate the AI-interpreted faces in the found CCTV footage. This set of 3 NFTs construct a triptych of something that never happened with people that don't exist.
For this second set of NFTs, I'M WAITING FOR THE NIGHT TO FALL: The NFT triptych 'Courtship' are AI hallucinations of the UNINVITED film, where everything is real, everything is dark, and all that we feel is tranquillity. Cars breathe heavily and negative space slowly vibrates. Sensual bodies move rhythmically and fatalistically in the freezing darkness. Reflections of the coastal nightlife are buzzing. These UNINVITED 'undead stills' evolved into NFT triptychs through film splicing. Described by the artists as 'radically new AI-CCTV creatures, atomized synthetic organism oscillating between anxiety, lust, and horror looking at a world where nothing makes sense.'
For further information about the UNINVITED Project, see here - https://uninvited.icu/
About the artist
Nye Thompson & UBERMORGEN
Nye Thompson (UK) is an artist turned software designer turned artist. She is known for her experimental software architectures exploring network-embedded power dynamics and machinic visions of the world. Thompson has exhibited around the UK, and internationally, including Tate Modern, The Barbican, The Lowry, The V&A, ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica and The Louvre. Thompson and UBERMORGEN were recipients of the Lumen Prize Gold Award 2021 for the short film UNINVITED. She has been called "the new Big Brother" (Vogue) and "a contemporary Jacques Cousteau" (Bob & Roberta Smith). Her work is included in the V&A Museum National Collection.
UBERMORGEN (AT/CH/US) is an artist duo founded in 1995. Autistic actionist lizvlx and pragmatic visionary Hans Bernhard are net.art pioneers and media hackers widely recognized for their high-risk research into data & matter, conceptual art, and polarising social experiments. They reached a global audience of 500 million while challenging the FBI, CIA, and NSA during the US presidential election. They have worked with pixels, software and AI. In 2021, Nye Thompson and UBERMORGEN started working on UNINVITED, a short film and NFTs on CCTV, AI and horror. Other latest projects include biennial.ai - The Next Biennial will be curated by a Machine (commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial & the Whitney Museum of American Art) and the NFT series Cerebelle.
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