Will Artificial Intelligence Mark the Darkest Chapter of Humanity? Tony Oursler Discusses Technology’s Role in His Hudson River Installation, Colleen Hochberger, δημοσίευση στο Artspace [22/10/2018]Marilena Pateraki
If you’re concerned about where the future of artificial intelligence is heading, you might not want to read any further. We caught up with artist Tony Oursler to discuss this issue, and in his opinion, the future may not be so bright. Graduating from CalArts in 1979, where he studied under John Baldessari, Oursler has been a pioneer in new media art since the 1980s. His interdisciplinary approach to art, which involves elements of painting, sculpture, video, installation, and music, typically leaves the viewer immersed in a surreal environment imbued with deep cultural meaning. That’s certainly the case with his latest site-specific artwork, Tear of The Cloud, on view now at Riverside Park in New York City. For this piece, Oursler collaborated with Public Art Fund to dramatically transform the landmarked 69th Street Transfer Bridge Gantry, surrounding landscape, and the Hudson River through superimposed digital projections and an eerie soundscape. The work is only up until Halloween—which is a fitting last night for the exhibition given its supernatural aura—so be sure to see it soon! Tear of the Cloud, like many of Oursler’s other works, alludes to the technological past, while posing questions about its future. Here, Oursler reveals what went into the large-scale public work, his views on A.I., and the dark side of technological progress.
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