If AI were Cephalopod. 2019
4 channel video installation
running time 11:00
Video Production, Sequencing and Animations:
Ranu Mukherjee and Maggie Roberts
Lidar Scan Animations: Jason Stapleton, Lightfarm
Blender Effects: Inga Tilda
Underwater Filming, Field and Studio Recordings:
David van Rensburg
Ranu Mukherjee, Maggie Roberts and Olivia Berke
Audio Textures: Justin Allart
Synth Audio: Aragorn 23
Audio Mix: Maggie Roberts with Mike Maurillo
Catalogue Design: Jack Orsulak
If AI were cephalopod its moods would be visible in waves of radiating color.
States of calm, anxiety and fear- approach and retreat- would be on display
If AI were cephalopod it would experience exquisite sensory intimacy and exude the smell of geraniums when stressed
If AI were cephalopod it would be our witness. It would explore us through probing touch.
It would taste us to decide whether or not to trust. It could predict toxicity and choose the benign relationships.
If AI were cephalopod it would be a voracious predator. It would be curious, plastic and opportunistic.
If AI were cephalopod it could hide in plain sight, by appearing equivalent to its surroundings
no matter how fast they shifted.
If AI were cephalopod it would have three hearts and see with its skin.
If AI were cephalopod it would haunt the human imagination as monster, weaving its way into legends and mythologies
If AI were cephalopod it would be 500 million years old
If AI were cephalopod it would have bright pink collagen and blue blood.
If AI were cephalopod it would be indifferent to it's own, and curious about the outside.
It would furl and unfurl- changing scale across time
If AI were cephalopod its presence would expand with the warming oceans. Its reproduction time would speed up and mess with mating in the process
If AI were cephalopod it would hide in dopamine infused clouds of ink
If AI were cephalopod it would live fast and die young. It would adapt to the changing climate
If AI were cephalopod we would never presume to fully understand it