Migration Migration Migration
  • Migration
  • 2018
  • Impactite & unfired clay
  • 9.3 m L x 6.8 m W x 1.7 m H
  • photo credits Romain Gaibault, Corine Lemieux

1,480 hand imprints - each made by individuals grasping a piece of raw clay using either their left or right hand - are arrayed in a grid on a low plinth. The imprints were digitally scanned and the 3D data was used to train an Artificial Intelligence built specifically for the project to understand what forms are created when we grasp a piece of clay. The AI then output its own form based on this learning, creating a file that was used to program a robot to cut the shape of the imagined hand imprint into stone. The resulting sculptural form is a composite object made from pieces of a type of stone known as impactite which was created when a meteorite struck Qu├ębec 350 million years ago

For hundreds of thousands of years, human beings have made tools, and those tools have always shaped us in return. Migration signals one of the first times that an AI has been used to generate a three dimensional form derived from machine learning. The AI has created the impression of a hand although it has no physical hand itself yet. The story of deep-time human evolution and the state of AI technology at the moment the work was made are brought into counterpoint in an attempt to imagine the migration of consciousness across material boundaries, from carbon based lifeforms to something other