3SDC project (Sunlight, Soil & Shit (De)Cycle) / Oron Catts (AU), Ionat Zurr (AU), Steve Berrick (AU), Photo: Daniel Grant

Sunlight: YES (3SDC Documentary Preview Screening)

Kenta McGrath (AU), Joseph London (AU)

Ars Electronica Center, Seminar Room
Sat 9. Sep 2023 11:00 – 12:00

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A preview screening of a documentary about the Sunlight, Soil and Shit (De)Cycle (or 3SDC) project by Oron Catts (AU), Steve Berrick (AU) and Dr. Ionat Zurr (AU) – winner of the Award of Distinction for Artificial Intelligence & Life Art at Prix Ars Electronica.

Oron Catts and Steve Berrick will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Synopsis: In recent years, tech startups around the world have offered many innovative solutions to the looming global food crisis: vertical farms, 3D-printed cakes, lab-grown ice cream, juicy steaks made from thin air. Courtesy of pioneering Australian bio-artists, SymbioticA, we can now add to this ever-growing list the Sunlight, Soil and Shit (De)Cycle (or 3SDC) project. It’s an efficient, groundbreaking technological system that may be able to produce all the food we could ever hope for – and, as its name suggests, without any need for sunlight, soil or shit. SymbioticA launch their project at a time when the future of the planet is not looking too great. Temperatures soar. Case numbers skyrocket. Weather systems wreak havoc. A war is being waged. Will the public have faith in the 3SDC project? Will somebody invest in it? Can we be saved from the mess we have found ourselves in? Guided by AMY – an artificial-intelligence narrator with knowledge to burn – Sunlight: YES documents, contextualises and critiques the exhibition whilst ruminating on art, science, innovators, stick insects and the state of the world today.

Language: English
Duration: 49 mins