Art for Machines

June 10 - September 1, 2022
Marlborough Gallery, Barcelona, ES

Marlborough – Art for Machines by Martine Stig
Carrer d’Enric Granados, 68, Barcelona
From June 10 to June 16
In the film essay ‘The Reflection of the Man’ Martine Stig grapples with the meaning of the human in a hybrid world. Employing ubiquitous technologies like face recognition software, while also reflecting on them, Stig examines the act of seeing beyond the explorative and the embodied. Stig uses Rorschach techniques and algorithms in order to draw closer to nonhuman companions, and speculatively broadens the concept of being present.
The Reflection of the Man results from the artist ongoing dialogue with writer and researcher Ilse van Rijn about technology and memory in a more-than-human world.

Through a Glass Darkly is a series of portraits for humans and nonhumans. The black & white photographs are read by machines, layering the photographic with coloured stripes and dots -the graphic language of image recognition technology, grammar of machine vision. Signal and noise, the quantifiable and the non-explicit, the photographic and its reduction, combined into a poetic analysis of contemporary society.