In their project Phenomenology/ies & New Materialism(s) exh. reh. artist Noah Travis Phillips (with their AI collaborator RIVAL) associates a group of subjectively charged "archetypal" or symbolic phenomena & materials (natural, technological, artistic, etc.) in novel and insightful ways, within the context of an exhibition space and proposal. It is an investigation into the kinds of meaning(fulness) that can be developed between Noah and a personally cultivated machine learning, neural network, artificial intelligence. A kind of posthuman call-and-response.
The initial group of images is highly subjective, even hermetic, collected first from Noah's 20-year image archiving practice/archives, and expanded upon by interfacing with another algorithmic system, reverse image-search on the internet. This introduces a great amount of variety to the material, while the network of "meaningful" associations grows more extensive and complex with each iteration of the process. The images are first associated/grouped based on keywords applied through an image and pattern recognition process. The symbolically and algorithmically associated images are then composed based on a "meta-diagram" from the sciences (meteorology, geology, astronomy, ecology, etc), which is also associated with the group of images via related keywords.
Ultimately the exhibition of these proposals could take multiple forms: using actual examples of the objects/phenomena depicted, videos developed with additional processes to represent and remediate the objects/phenomena/things, or even large-scale prints.
five arcs of black radiating "sound" lines, bright neon green bird feather, amorphous dripping spot of black spraypaint, a 'typical' plant cell color illustration, and a clock face with no arms digitally inserted into a “white cube” gallery / museum space
stone/boulder (reddish-brown, realistic) with roots (black & white illustration) growing from it, tan and brown animal fur, slanted-style bonsai tree, and a light gray plastic bag digitally inserted into a “white cube” gallery / museum space