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.
‘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 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.
Solo 0D installation at Telematic Gallery, San Francisco, 2019
At Goldsmiths University, 2019. 0D’s use of LIDAR.
Murmur 0D Syzygy video (1999) in in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender and Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary, 2018-2019
0D featured in Fictioning, The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy, by David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan, Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
Ongoing project with Etic Lab to develop an octopoid algorithm. Research with the Stazione Zoologica Napoli, 2019.
0D recent octopus AI video screened at Non Local Research, Antwerp and Basic Channel, Sheffield, 2019.
2017 -2018 2 screen HD audio visual piece for Hyperdub’s Ø at Corsica Studios, 2017. And in ‘glimmer breach’ at IMT gallery, 2018.
Experimental audiovisual piece for Res Gallery, London’s Alembic II exhibition Chrominance, in response to the KRH Experimental Video Collection. 2018.
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.
2018 publication for the group exhibition at the Berardo Museum, Lisbon. 2016.
Goldsmiths University public talk, Visual Cultures Department 2017.
Book chapter with Delphi Carstens for ‘Fiction As Method’, Sternberg Press 2017.
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.
at The Lomex Gallery, NYC. 2017