Perhaps the question "can machines think"? should be re-articulated as "is the machine different from you or I"? Why is there a perceptive gap between our tools and ourselves? Do they not constitute consciousness and by extension the body? The cultural schisms that generate this differentiation between "man" and "machine" are also responsible for spawning voids and displacements — and the ghosts that inhabit them. It is these ghosts who constitute Machine Fragments, sound fictions spun from the perspective of sentient machines, testing humans for machine intelligence. Not so much to expose the machinic dimension in humans (we suspected as much), but to arouse the sense that "Machine" is also a kind of gender.
with funds from The Greenwall Foundation and
the National Endowment for the Arts