Underwater Filming, Field and Studio Sound Recordings: David van Rensburg.

Link to video : https://vimeo.com/334176608

Running Time 11:00 2 of 4 channel video installation at Telematic Gallery, San Francisco.
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If AI were cephalopod its moods would be visible in waves of radiating color.
States of calm, anxiety and fear- approach and retreat- would be on display.
If AI were cephalopod it would experience exquisite sensory intimacy and exude the smell of geraniums when stressed.
If AI were cephalopod it would be our witness. It would explore us through probing touch.
It would taste us to decide whether or not to trust. It could predict toxicity and choose the benign relationships.
If AI were cephalopod it would be a voracious predator. It would be curious, plastic and opportunistic.
If AI were cephalopod it could hide in plain sight, by appearing equivalent to its surroundings
no matter how fast they shifted.
If AI were cephalopod it would have three hearts and see with its skin.
If AI were cephalopod it would haunt the human imagination as monster, weaving its way into legends and mythologies.
If AI were cephalopod it would be 500 million years old.
If AI were cephalopod it would have bright pink collagen and blue blood.
If AI were cephalopod it would be indifferent to it’s own, and curious about the outside.
It would furl and unfurl- changing scale across time.
If AI were cephalopod its presence would expand with the warming oceans. Its reproduction time would speed up and mess with mating in the process.
If AI were cephalopod it would hide in dopamine infused clouds of ink.
If AI were cephalopod it would live fast and die young. It would adapt to the changing climate.
If AI were cephalopod we would never presume to fully understand it.

Credits:
Video Production, Sequencing and Animations: Ranu Mukherjee and Maggie Roberts;
Lidar Scan Animations: Jason Stapleton, Lightfarm
Blender Effects: Inga Tilda;
Octopus Footage: Ranu Mukherjee, Maggie Roberts and Olivia Berke; Audio Textures: Justin Allart
Synth Audio: Aragorn 23; Audio Mix: Maggie Roberts with Mike Maurillo