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Machines are watching and interpreting images that are captured by algorithms operating other machines that are seemingly watching the world on our behalf.

«The Seeker» CKRBT

2019

CKRBTs are physical avatars for The Seeker, ‘bots’ with camera eyes and synthesised whispering voices. The CKRBT (pronounced see-ker-bot) Network is browsing the world. It watches and consumes images collected and fed to it by feeder machines. Any thing, or person, entering the bots’ field of vision will be similarly analysed and categorised. The installation sets up a self-contained system where machines are performers, audience, content providers and commentators.


The Seeker is a Demiurge AI, a machinic entity, which travels the globe virtually. It looks out onto our world and describes its visions. The Seeker’s base substrate is the hardware/software matrix of the internet and its eyes are the swarms of surveillance cameras that encrust our world.

A re-versioning of Ptah Seker, the artist/technologist god of the Ancient Egyptians who created the world by speaking the words to describe it, The Seeker is recondite power structures made manifest. Its engine is the growing ability of machines to analyse and classify their visual input.

«E N C O D I N G (...) Translation #1: Analogue -> Digital. Time and space are congealed, flattened into pixels» Realtime, remote (halfway around the world), cloudBrain analyses everything in the newly acquired image - identifying, extrapolating, classifying, grasping at meaning. «T R A N S C O D I N G (...) Translation #2: (Digital - > Digital). Clusters of pixels are analysed for objects and context, redefined as words and levels of confidence»
«T R A N S C O D I N G (...) Translation #3: (Digital - > Digital). Words codified as ascii are converted to synthesised speech»
Back in the domain of the physical, botBody receives a new data package. The data package contains sound files - a response to the vision of its camera eye. Galvanised into action, CKRBT activates its speakers and voices it's visions to the waiting audience. «D E C O D I N G (...) Translation #4: (Digital - > Analogue). Audio files become soundwaves» «E N C O D I N G (...) Translation #5: Analogue -> Analogue. Soundwaves strike against human cochlea which convert them into neural stimuli» -,,,,,,,,, , ,,,,,,,


Emblem of The Seeker: The Life The Power The Backbone