Xpiritualism

2022, for six voices, digital audio and processing, screens, projection, light and haze [??']

20/02/21 - performed by ??? at ??? (Hamburg, DE).

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‘Xpiritualism’ is a systematically-shuffled group-lecture, prophetic reading and staged crowdworking session for imagined workers sunbathing under screenlight. It explores algorithmic mysticism, computer vision and a historical Western weaponizing of Iraqi knowledge. The title is taken from the Instagram hashtag of the same name.

 

From the comfort of their sunbeds, performers tag images from the Instagram hashtag #xpiritualism to aid an image recognition system that takes the form of an artificial sun. As the work progresses, it brings into focus the politics of seeing, sand and sunlight via a history of scientific racism that influences the inner workings of algorithms, mathematics and description itself.