Apparatus Ludens

You have built vast deep-sea datacenters, submerged off the rocky shores of Scotland, Argentina, Japan, elsewhere, and in secret locations. Data centers so powerful they can render worlds, populate them with imitations of the intricate machinations of the lives of beings, the shapeshifting flights of starlings, the slow and steady growth of ivy, the experience of sitting at a full metro in the morning, drinking coffee from a paper mug, watching the apparition of these faces in the crowd, petals on a wet black bough.

Preview of Apparatus Ludens, What is your favorite flower?

Apparatus Ludens (machine at play) is a story of how an artificial intelligence would act if left alone with the vast amounts of data left behind by humans. The work is presented through an evolving series of interactive films, that combine elements from computer games with traditional film to create a uniquely non-linear narrative for each visitor. 

 

You're standing in front of a large screen exploring a vast ruin through the film, catching glimpses of fragments from previous visitors. You are asked personal questions while you are moving through the landscape. The answers to these questions are used to harvest the internet and adapt the space to your desires. The horizon is a collage of images from your Instagram feed, the people you meet have the faces of your closest Facebook friends.

The current iteration of Apparatus Ludens is called “What is your favourite flower?”

From Egyptian hieroglyphs to NFTs, we use images to build our understanding of the world and ourselves. Today, these images are stored in gigantic server halls around the world, forming the materiality of virtual worlds and metaverses. What happens if we leave these worlds to their own devices? What new flora will grow from their fertile soil?

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Sound design by Andrea Abbruzzese

Architecture by Albin Karlsson of Polymorf

Exhibitions of What is your favourite flower?

  • Form/Design Center, November 2021 - January 2022, Malmö

  • Overkill Festival, November - December 2021, Enschede

  • Textile Fashion Center, September – October 2021, Borås

  • Utopia Gallery, June – July 2021, Umeå

  • IKEA Museum, April - May 2021, Älmhult

  • Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, February - March 2021, Stockholm

Those flowers will for always grow in your footsteps.

They will dance for you, and sing for you.

Absorb all to yourself and to this song.