This project consists of an installation in which hybrid living and non-living entities comprise a systemic being that can receive, interpret and act upon space science data. The living environment of the Deep Data installation consists of microscopic organic life in the form of an array of microbes selected for their relevance to space exploration and astrobiology (bioluminescent, magnetotactic and extremophile bacteria, unicellular green algae, nematodes). The non-living dimension of the system is its artificial intelligence software “brain.” It develops and evolves methodologies for processing data inputs that are derived from NASA deep space probes, ideally real-time online data from the Deep Space Network facility in Robledo de Chavela, near Madrid. The data is based on a range of detection techniques (spectrometry, magnetometry, etc), filtered through AI signal processing and interpretation (e.g. pattern recognition) so as to generate information that can influence, manipulate and stimulate cultures of the microbes that constitute the living core of Deep Data. Probes and sensors will monitor responses of these living entities, relaying them to our human sphere of perception as audio and visual outputs. Thus, Deep Data is an intelligent system that creates living links between several distinctive forms and scales of activity, from the cosmic to the human to the microorganism.
About the author
Andie Gracie is a London born artist, who currently works out of Barcelona. He is a multi-discipline artist and his work explores the relationship between technological systems and natural systems, expressing a special interest in what takes place at the point where these two systems are mediated through each other and what bridges can be revealed or constructed. One of his current areas of investigation is the use of artificial intelligence to build spontaneous communication between the “machine” and “animal” to develop new language spaces and emergent behaviours. Although many of the techniques and areas explored are rooted in science, his work is not intended to abide to its strict rules, but rather aims to illustrate the poetry and wonderfulness that exist in the gaps of our usual experiences.
Recent exhibitions: 2008- Solo exhibition, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia; 2007 – Taxonomies. COMAFOSCA, Alella, Spain; Ars Electronica, OK Centrum, Linz, Austria; BIOS4, CAAC, Seville, Spain; 2006 – AV Festival, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK; 2005 – Organismos: esto es Vida , La Casa Encendida , Madrid Espai Cultural, Barcelona; 2004 – Radar, Centro Historico, Mexico City, Mexico; Robots! Lille Capital of Culture, Lille, France; 2003 – Ultrasound, Huddersfield, UK; Observatori, Valencia, Spain; Artbots03, Eyebeam Gallery, New York, USA; Inbetween Time, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK; 2002 – Performance Space, Sidney, Australia; ISEA , Nagoya, Japan; Digitalsummer02, Castlefield Arena, Manchester, UK; 2001 – Sonic [Ex]change , Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK.