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Eremocene (Age of Loneliness)

THU Sept. 7-SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 10:00 AM-7:30 PM
MON Sept. 11, 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Keith Armstrong (AU/UK), mit Matthew Davis (AU) & Luke Lickfold (AU)

A mysterious, internally glowing creature, witnessed from several vantage points moves uncannily in a fluid motion within dense blackness. In a life-like, bio-morphic form, continually fading in and out of perception, enveloping sound, vision and movement are as one.

The idea of the “extinction of human experience” expresses our projected fear of everything that will be rendered senseless when ancient, intelligent, biodiverse worlds have descended into permanent darkness. But as one series of conceptions slip into extinction, so others flow on in. Eremocene suggests that we might instead embrace artificially intelligent “things” with little need for dated legacies such as excess light or the long-extinguished sounds of biological life. The philosopher and biologist E. O. Wilson calls such possible futures the “Eremocene—our Age of Loneliness.”

Eremocene builds on a ten-year sci-art process around ecological vulnerability and resilience in relation to overheated, increasingly artificially intelligent worlds.


Artistic director: Keith Armstrong
Sound and system designer: Luke Lickfold
Interactive vision designer: Matthew Davis

Supported by The Creative Lab, QUT Creative Industries and Embodied Media

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Thanks to Living Data (Lisa Roberts), UTS Life Sciences (Prof. William Gladstone), UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (Dr. Tania Leimbach), Prof Greg Hearn, Dr. Peggy Eby, Lawrence English, QUT Tech Services