// A C T O N E //
Sound on (Headphones)
List of works:
ACT 1, Andrw Houston (2020) – Streamed Durational performance
EGS, Andrw Houston (2020) – Animation video
EGS is available as an AR filter. Try it at: www.instagram.com/andrwhouston
// I N T E R L U D E //
Voice: Another version of Joan
I spend a lot of my time, inordinate amounts actually, thinking about the everlasting gobstopper, you know from Charlie and the chocolate factory. I find the concept of an everlasting gobstopper so interesting because this little innocuous object supposedly lasts forever.
And of course, the children and Willy Wonka are obsessed. The former due to the concept of everlasting candy and the latter because, well he’s created something everlasting. However, the gobstopper’s ability to last forever or be conceived as an immortal object lies directly in it being used.
So much of the digital landscape exists like this. It can be replayed and held frozen in time, as long as you are looking at it and digesting it. I think this is why I love reels so much, or Tiktoks … actually really any form of looped video, because if you don’t scroll on, then the same loop just plays over and over.
And when you watch one, without scrolling on, it’s a fascinating experience. Like a late capitalist form of meditation, bound up in media, color and products.
For me these looped videos feel like a vision of humans becoming machines. So much primitive AI is bound by its loops, and the way we document ourselves is very similar. We put digital versions of ourselves into this willful purgatory to play on and on and on. And if I was to be blunt in my estimation, I think that fear of death is the driving force for all of these actions; the creation of archives, and scrapbooks of existence that some of us may believe will live forever.
As the writer Adam Greenfield states so much Artificial intelligence operates with ‘brute force’ (265:2017). AI will persistently follow its directed and never-ending path. Think of Augmented Reality, you place it in the space and say ‘go there, now go there, follow the objective regardless of the surroundings or external events’ … and it does.
As I’ve said before, there’s something very alluring about this. Although available AI is bound by its loops, the prospect of creating something “immortal” evokes in me, a sense of wonder.
Imagine having something that will never age, never deteriorate. It will just be.
// A C T T W O //
Forever (A potential Ballad)
3D animation video
Lyrics: Generated by AI (Artificially intelligent) lyric creator
Sound: Made with Typatone
// A C T T H R E E //
List of works:
Hoop, Andrw Houston (2020) - 3D render image
ACT 3 (Player one), Andrw Houston (2020) - looped animation/video
ACT 3 (Player two), Andrw Houston (2020) - looped performance/video
Untitled, Andrw Houston (2020) - 3D render image