Recalibrating – An emergency response drone scours the landscape looking for human life in a world where people are mysteriously absent. Announcements from the drone’s megaphone echo across the terrain as its onboard artificial intelligence system grapples with a world that was unimagined by its programmers. Unable to accomplish its encoded objective, the drone attempts alternative methods for achieving its goal. Extrapolating new research in Machine Learning, this work of speculative fiction explores notions of artificial curiosity and machine self-actualization through the lens of non-human consciousness, languages of communication and the poetry of interfaces.
Location: The Workings of Media [art and artists] at the Harvestworks Art and Technology House
May 8th – August 8th, 2021: Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island
Open to the public on weekends – Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Ticketed Entrance.
For the Harvestworks installation, the soundtrack is heard entirely overhead, through a matrix of ceiling speakers. The flight path and proximity of the drone is felt across the body as it dynamically moves above the listeners.
Andrew Demirjian is an interdisciplinary artist who works with remix, rhythm and ritual. His performances and installations develop relationships between the body and 360º sonic experiences where gesture, proximity and repetition build environments for critical reflection. Andrew’s work is often presented in non-traditional exhibition spaces and takes the form of interactive installations, generative art, multi-channel videos and live performances. He is currently a Fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where he is working on a sonic monument for a collaborative Audio AR artwork. Andrew’s work has been exhibited at The
Museum of the Moving Image, Eyebeam, Fridman Gallery, Transformer Gallery, Rush Arts, the White Box gallery, the Center for Book Arts, The Newark Museum and many other galleries, festivals and museums. The MacDowell Colony, Puffin Foundation, Artslink, Harvestworks, Diapason, The Experimental Television Center, The Bemis Center, LMCC Swing Space, The Visual Studies Workshop and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts are among some of the organizations that have supported his work. Andrew teaches theory and production courses in emerging media in the Film and Media Department and the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College.
“Video art is in abundance, though the only thing in that medium as compelling as Mr. Grenier’s work is a piece by Andrew Demirjian. It consists of a pair of video screens, strapped to the backs of car seats, showing a man and a woman having a conversation in a car. Their talk is punctuated with interior monologues, the man and the woman reflecting on each other and on the conversation. It is an imaginative take on the tensions and relations between the sexes.”
– Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, ‘From Young Storytellers, A Playful Tone’
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Canberk Gurel – Drone Pilot, Cinematography
Jon Cohrs – Soundtrack Mix
Andrew Demirjian & Andrew Lund – Story
Ricardo Bracho, Andrew Demirjian, Dahlia Elsayed – video analytics poetry
Ethan Edwards – Motion Analysis
Nick Vega – Motion Graphics
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