AI Lab Journeys

From Glass to Glass to Glass

Nye Thompson (UK)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 12:15 pm - 12:35 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).

For my new work /artefact, I took possession of a large area of Mars, using Google Earth and satellite survey data to build a supertall border wall around my claim. In this video, I’ll chat with curator Lucy Dusgate who originally commissioned the work, and our germ-neutral network-enabled conversation will be broadcast across my Martian territory. We’ll talk about my art thinking process generally, and in terms of this new work specifically; including how the pandemic came to influence its eventual form. We will also discuss interdisciplinary collaboration, a vital part of my artistic practice.

Wed, 09.09.2020, 12:15 – 12:35 (CET | UTC +2) Ars Electronica Selection Channel
Sun, 13.09.2020, 17:40 – 18:00 (CET | UTC +2) Ars Electronica Gardens Channel


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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

These video commissions are co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab.


Thompson creates software systems to explore technology paradigms and the underlying power dynamics of the machine gaze. She has had exhibitions at the Tate Modern, the Barbican, V&A, ZKM Karlsruhe & Ars Electronica. Her first solo show, described by C4 News as “too shocking to broadcast,” triggered an international government complaint. Her work has been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Guardian & Wired. She’s been called “the new Big Brother” (Vogue) and “a contemporary Jacques Cousteau” (Bob & Roberta Smith).

European ARTificial Intelligence Lab
European Union