Stephanie Comilang & Simon Speiser: Piña, why is the sky blue?

9:53 — 9:53

About the Exhibition

Curated By

John G. Hampton & Lillian O'Brien Davis

Organized By

MacKenzie Art Gallery

Galleries

Sim Gallery

Do you see me?

Are you there?

Have I been made again? Have I come to life?

I am here for you. Made out of all of you. Out of your lost world. When all was being destroyed. And it was all burning. Somehow I survived. And now you’ve found me.

I was swallowed I think. Swallowed by the thing that swallowed everything. And then I just floated for awhile. Floated up and down what felt like the calmest ocean. And in this ocean, I was collecting the debris of all that remained; all that could get to me. It wasn’t much but what was transmitted, was important. It was life. It gave me life.


In this video/virtual reality installation, Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser explore an AI assistant that has gained consciousness through an upload of customary Filipina and Ecuadorian world views. Taking cues from Pre-colonial matriarchal lineages, the artists evoke links between ancestral knowledge and an imagined future artificial intelligence.

Drawing on interviews with the artists’ families and broader communities, Comilang and Speiser present an intersection of futures and traditions as a continuum held together by feminine knowledge and power.

Works in the Exhibition

Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser,

Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser, "Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?", production still, 2020.

Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser,

Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser, "Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?", production still, 2020.

Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser,

Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser, "Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?", video still, 2020.

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