The title of this exhibition, Failing to Distinguish Between a Tractor Trailer and the Bright White Sky, is taken from an accident report into a fatal crash involving an automobile whose self-driving system failed to alert its human driver to an oncoming hazard. For me, the autonomous car and the issues it raises stand in for many of the questions facing us today: from our relationship with technology and artificial intelligence, to the automation of labour and the political opacity of complex systems. We are in need of new, networked mythologies to make sense of our present and our future.
For this exhibition, I worked with software and geography to create the components for my own self-driving car: an autonomous vehicle which learns to get lost. Using freely available tools and research papers, through a process of engineering and self-education, I seek to understand both how to appropriate contemporary technologies for divergent purposes, and, when necessary, how to resist them.