im/material beings

Essay-Performance in single channel stereoscopic video, work-in-progress

A piece of (speculative historical) fiction for a pioneer of (theoretical computer) science. Alan Turing (1912-1954). Born to a civil servant of British India in the Madras Presidency, Turing’s (lost) childhood in colonial India becomes a provocation to engage the mathematician with conceptual and empirical practices of tantra. Using temple sites in India and dance practices in Indonesia as quasi data points, the work speculates on the implications of tantric art-science on Turing’s thinking, and consequently on decolonising machine learning and artificial intelligence.

2017 Initial sketch developed in joint residency at Centre For the Arts & Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore.

2019 Further research funded by the “Crossing Borders” program, Robert Bosch Foundation and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin.

2020 Produced by Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau; premier at Cynetart festival.