David Rokeby (Toronto) is a technological philosopher. In his work he is keenly aware of the “ambiguous and irresolvable” nature of humanity and its relationship to the “absolutely arbitrary space of binary information.” He is interested in the way humans and machines mutually influence each other. His art works engage the viewer both physically and conceptually in a dialogue with technology. Rokeby will show the most recent version of The Giver of Names in which the computer identifies and describes objects put before it – a kind of Mike Kelly meets R2D2 performance involving the assistance of the viewer.
As well, the installation Watch, in which a surveillance camera brings outside images into the room, processing them according to specific visual codes. The piece resonates with debates of the image as evidence and is visually engaging.
Supported by Le Fondation Daniel Langlois, Montreal and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The catalogue co-published by PHG and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.