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“Faint recollections we lived there” is a pianola roll series I have composed written coded and illustrated, an opera about the new digital feudalism philosophy of eugenics called “Longtermism” also known as “Effective Altruism”, enthusiastically embraced by billionaires such as Musk, Bazos, Mercer, Zuckerberg, etc. These rolls are at the centre of some painting shows which might or might not, lead some viewers to speculate on humanity's drive for progress in directions which seem to be as much in favour of life as they are about destruction of ourselves as a species. “Faint recollections we lived there”transforms seemingly disastrous scenarios into landscapes of myriad entangled points and vectors through conflicting and parallel nuanced spaces, illusions, and surfaces. The opera links with a series of perspex “enframement” paintings which like the opera, relates to the digital sphere in various ways. The paintings and text construct ways with and around meeting places such as Federation Square with its designed but never built Apple shop, and all screens on devices throughout the world, which I also see as meeting places. Paintings in this show are around behind and in front of strips of recycled acrylic sheets reminiscent of the surface of screens, which are also horizontal pianola coding inscribed as music scores of the side of each painting box. Screens however featureless, are membranes or textures with optical qualities, 3-dimensional material surfaces of imagination and creativity. Screens are also one of many portals availing lives we lead to the surveillance economy.
"Faint recognitions we lived there opera for pianola part 5 the announcement". Click image for audio visuals opera film
Faint Recollections We Lived There, Opera for player piano, part 2: Self Driving Car. Click on image for audio visual film
a1 If you looked after me who would look after you pianola roll 28.2 x 5620 cm paper ink pianola coding 2022 install Click on image for film
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