THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE
In the multi-channel video installation "The Universal Machine the relation between machine and body is negotiated. The user interface between nature and the digital is in movement, and the organic structures of nature are invading the digital body.
A face has entered the machine and addresses us from the inner workings behind the screen. It tells us how the body is immersed in code, about the history of the machines, as well as the desire it has to watch over us and facilitate our future actions. A machine-adjusted user-friendliness, where it is thinking of us with care and seeing every move, emotion and action.
Stills from video installation. The narrator in the video is Klara von Neumann, one of the earliest computer programmers, and the imagery consists of photogrammetry, facial recognition techniques and imagery from digitalised maps and weather services.
The collages consist of satellite-photographed images of forest, and on the images the artists have made imprints from the crumbling walls of a derelict paper mill Together they form a trinity that is gathered inside one and the same frame: The paper’s raw material, the factory that refined it, and the paper itself. One and Three Papers.