San, Lito Kattou
Developed over the course of Kattou’s residency at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris, San, is a basic AI (artificial intelligence) created to embody an ecological subjectivity alien to human thoughts. The structuring data is collected from Red Lake, a mine site located near Nicosia, Cyprus, one of the fastest climatic changing regions of the South East Mediterranean zone. The lake is a remnant of the ancient copper mine of Kokkinopezoula in Mitsero, active from the Chalcolithic period until the 1960s. The high acidic environment of the lake does not allow any biological living organism to develop, leaving the surrounding area impervious. San, an ungendered AI hybridly conceived with human, divine, and animal traits lives in the Red Lake – recreated by Kattou as a real-time digital environment. Their body and actions smartly respond to specific climatic variations such as temperature, humidity, visibility, wind speed and weather. The exhibition San, at Point Centre for Contemporary Art, focuses on the character of this special guardian illustrating sculpturally their alien physical and mental traits and necessary adaptability of their post-human existence.
Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini
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Federico Campagna is a philosopher and writer. His latest books are Technic and Magic: The Reconstruction of Reality (Bloomsbury, 2018), and The Last Night (Zero Books, 2013). He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art, London. www.federicocampagna.eu