Tatjana Tanja Vujinović Kušej & Ultramono Institute
Tanja Vujinović (Tatjana Vujinović Kušej)
Intermedia Artist & Researcher
UNIVERSAL OBJECTS: FORMATIONS 1-7
Polyptych HD video installation, 7 projections, (F1: 1,32 min., F2: 3,19 min., F3: 2,58 min., F4: 3,24 min., F5: 2,49 min., F6: 4 min., F7: 4 min.)
Production: Ultramono, 2017
Otherwise abstract agents of artificial intelligence are crawling and regulating space around us constantly. Here they are assuming avataric shapes and we become aware of their existence and their constant negotiation, tracking and sorting.
Universal Objects: Formations 1–7 is a series of seven videos showing rituals executed by humanoid virtual objects. These sets of behaviors seem like strict tasks being performed in choreographed rituals. The game these eight bots are always replaying is floating between autonomous and regulated behaviour. They coexist in a group while being constantly regulated by the looks of the other bots, which can be understood as the Look, the regulatory instrument that J.P. Sartre wrote of.
As in Noh theatre, slow rhythm, “masks” suggesting states of consciousness, emphasized gesticulation, movements that are inspired by movements of Zen monks, but also movements that have roots in martial arts are all creating an endless non-narrative that embodies repressive forces of technological surveillance and the transmission of consciousness to the digital domain.