Noah Travis Phillips: Circle-A (healing through connectivity)' and 'Tarot Card(s) (as above so below)'
circle-A and tarot card(s) were made from a folio of images generated in dialogue with GANs (publicly available algorithmic systems), based on the theme of this edition of Taupe.
In the circle-A the folio of images were collaged together in an interconnected form that suggests rhizomes and mycorrhizae. It also resembles the most recognizable symbol for anarchy—a system based on resiliency through connection, that may one day act as a healing balm for our hyper-capitalist techno-industrial military complex, or, as sister bell hooks would say: “Imperialist White Supremacist Heteropatriarchy” which we (all) need desperately to revolutionize and recover from.
In the tarot card(s) the folio developed was reformulated to depict a constantly changing scene that can be viewed upside-right or upside-down. It resembles a fragmentary deck of cards used for divinatory or playful purposes, and gestures to the ways that other way of knowing and relating are crucial as we make our way more deeply into the anthropocene and posthuman. It is fragmentary to indicate the state of ecologies around the world, and proposes uncertainty, changeability/adaptation, and chance operations as appropriate approaches to current and upcoming circumstances.
These collages portray speculative entities/energies that exist deep below ground (ley lines and telluric forces), and/or high above (as exospheric phenomena). They depict ways beings are intra-actively brought into being by profound, esoteric and very physical dynamics (intensities, passions, forces, energies, behaviors, interactions, processes and so on).
Full project here