0(rphan)d(rift>) Archive

0rphan Drift has explored the boundaries of machine and human vision, since its inception in London in 1994. The collective as avatar has taken diverse forms through the course of its career, sometimes changing personnel and artistic strategies in accordance with the changing exigencies of the time.

In its latest manifestation, 0rphan Drift considers Artificial Intelligence through the somatic tendencies of the octopus – as a distributed, many-minded consciousness.  Inspired by embodied cognitive science and radical anthropology, their multiple channel installations suggest possibilities in expanding and inhabiting other systems of perception and proprioception. They combine video, animation and text with newer tools such as LIDAR scanning to suggest new spatio-temporal formations and ask what kind of bodies might be possible with these new coordinates. Currently they are working toward deepening their engagement into the field, involving direct encounters with cephalopods and collaborative explorations with Machine Learning engineers, VR designers and teuthologists.

Projects in development: ‘IF AI’, a speculative fiction project that unfolds in nine short animated ‘chapters’. Together they tell the story of an emergent AI modeled on the cognitive and behavioral tendencies of an octopus. The purpose of this AI is to expand planetary interspecies communications, open pathways of embodiment and better understand how collective and individual entities exchange energy and create power.

The ISCRI project in collaboration with Etic Lab, https://eticlab.co.uk/an-artificial-intelligence-programmed-by-an-octopus-iscri/
They are working with the Serpentine Gallery London’s Creative AI Lab. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/a-different-research-agenda-julia-kaganskiy-introduces-the-creative-ai-lab/

0rphan Drift works have been included recently in the exhibitions The Archive To Come at Telematic Gallery San Francisco; This Is A Not-Me at iMT Gallery London; 0rphan Drift and Friends, Public Records TV NYC;  Still I Rise: Gender, Feminisms and Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary, De La Warr Pavilion and Arnolfini, UK; Matter Fictions at the Berardo Museum Lisbon; Speculative Frictions at PDX Contemporary Portland Or; Eat Code and Die at Lomex Gallery NY and in the book Fictioning, The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy, by David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan, Edinburgh University Press, 2019. Solo exhibitions include If AI were Cephalopod at Telematic Gallery San Francisco and Unruly City at Dold Projects, Sankt Georgen Germany.

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IF AI / AIBOHPORTSUALC

IF AI / AIBOHPORTSUALC

‘IF AI’ is a speculative fiction project that unfolds in nine short animated ‘chapters’. Together they tell the story of an emergent AI modeled on the cognitive and behavioral tendencies of an octopus.

BECOMING OCTOPUS MEDITATIONS

BECOMING OCTOPUS MEDITATIONS

Becoming Octopus is a free weekly 8-session guided meditation experience, whose aim is to transport the meditator into the body, perception and liquid environment of a Common Octopus.

IF AI WERE CEPHALOPOD

IF AI WERE CEPHALOPOD

Solo 0D installation at Telematic Gallery, San Francisco, 2019

VOLUMETRIC ECOLOGIES

VOLUMETRIC ECOLOGIES

At Goldsmiths University, 2019. 0D’s use of LIDAR.

MURMUR (SYZYGY) VIDEO IN STILL I RISE

MURMUR (SYZYGY) VIDEO IN STILL I RISE

Murmur 0D Syzygy video (1999) in in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender and Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary, 2018-2019

FICTIONING, THE MYTH-FUNCTIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND PHILOSOPHY

FICTIONING, THE MYTH-FUNCTIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND PHILOSOPHY

0D featured in Fictioning, The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy, by David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan, Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

ETIC LAB KRAKEN COLLABORATION

ETIC LAB KRAKEN COLLABORATION

Ongoing project with Etic Lab to develop an octopoid algorithm. Research with the Stazione Zoologica Napoli, 2019.

NONLOCAL RESEARCH & BASIC CHANNEL

NONLOCAL RESEARCH & BASIC CHANNEL

0D recent octopus AI video screened at Non Local Research, Antwerp and Basic Channel, Sheffield, 2019.

CAT ICE TRICKSTER

CAT ICE TRICKSTER

2017 -2018 2 screen HD audio visual piece for Hyperdub’s Ø at Corsica Studios, 2017. And in ‘glimmer breach’ at IMT gallery, 2018.

MIASMA

MIASMA

Experimental audiovisual piece for Res Gallery, London’s Alembic II exhibition Chrominance, in response to the KRH Experimental Video Collection. 2018.

SKEEN NIGHT (COME)

SKEEN NIGHT (COME)

Film and performance event with Plastique Fantastique, 2018.0D presents an Interspecies Disco with Kirsten Cooke and Etic Lab’s @alien_ontology.Screening the final Green Skeen.

MATTER FICTIONS CATALOGUE

MATTER FICTIONS CATALOGUE

2018 publication for the group exhibition at the Berardo Museum, Lisbon. 2016.

RITUALS IN LIQUIDITY

RITUALS IN LIQUIDITY

Goldsmiths University public talk, Visual Cultures Department 2017.

THE THINGS THAT KNOWLEDGE CANNOT EAT

THE THINGS THAT KNOWLEDGE CANNOT EAT

Book chapter with Delphi Carstens for ‘Fiction As Method’, Sternberg Press 2017.

UNRULY CITY

UNRULY CITY

0D solo show at Dold Projects, Black Forest, Germany, 2016. OD ongoing collaboration, reimagines the urban as porous, interspecies and terraformed- both ancient and impossible.

EATEN BY CODE

EATEN BY CODE

at The Lomex Gallery, NYC. 2017

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