The online version of a multimedia installation by Sascha Pohflepp, created with the use of artificial intelligence and based on his research at the State Darwin Museum in Moscow.
Sascha Pohflepp (1978–2019) was an artist and researcher who employed the analysis of historical facts to foresee the future in his works and used digital formats as his medium of choice. Pohflepp’s research interests included biology, geopolitics, space studies, artificial intelligence, and technology-based cognitive methods. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), and at transmediale (Berlin).
Pohflepp’s final work became the project Those Who, which was made primarily for the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 at Garage. The digital version, developed in collaboration with Matthew Lutz and Alessia Nigretti, is available via Garage Digital.
Those Who is based on Field research which Sascha Pohflepp conducted at the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, one of the first museum displays in Europe to examine the theory of evolution. The collection of diverse organisms represented in the museum and its stores prompted Pohlepp to reflect on evolution’s historical pathway toward a high-tech future. Inspired by the collection, Pohflepp created an imaginary extension to the Darwin Museum: a panorama of the biosphere generated by genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.
The installation at Garage and its online version comprise self-generating video content produced by an artificial neural network, taught by the artist using materials he studied at the Darwin Museum. Pohflepp’s work proposes a model of a future world, the appearance of which is shaped by technology and artificial intelligence imbued with some level of independence.
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