Berlin Opticians Gallery is delighted to present trans-form, a solo exhibition by David Beattie.
Influenced by the notion of transhumanism, deep learning in image recognition and Timothy Morton’s ‘Hyperobjects’, trans-form explores the use of mimicry in the ongoing development and pursuit of artificial intelligence.
The idea of mimicry and shapeshifting has been used frequently in mythology, folklore and science fiction. The act of metamorphosing from one physical form into another is often used to illustrate a shift from human form to animal or vice versa but a transformation into plants and objects also feature. In nature, mimicry is often used as a survival mechanism against attack. The infamous mimic octopus for example can mimic up to thirteen different animals, switching between defence and attack depending on the situation.
The exhibition brings together a selection of house plants, computer generated images, cold-water fish, fly larvae and a robotic vacuum cleaner, to create an interplay of life and death, where things form, de-form and re-form. It looks at the embedded role of artificial intelligence in our everyday and explores the idea of artificial intelligence mimicking our own behaviour and making it part of its own evolution.
As we begin to utilise technology to transcend mortality, that same artificial intelligence is finding ways to move beyond its reliance on the mimicry of human behaviour, determining its own future through artificial imagination and shapeshifting into a new form of its own.
David Beattie is an artist who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. He has received a number of Arts Council bursaries, most recently 2015 and was awarded the Harpo Foundation Award in 2010. His work is in a number of public and private collections and most recently was a recipient of the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA collection, 2016.
Recent solo exhibitions include CCA Derry-Londonderry (2017), Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (2011); The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh and Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto, Canada (both 2010). Beattie has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Circadian Rhythms, Glucksman Gallery Cork 2019, BINGO 2019, Berlin Opticians 2018, TULCA Art Festival , Galway (2017), As Above, so below, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017), In the Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013), O Brave New World, Rubicon Projects, Brussels (2013) All Humans Do, The Model Sligo and Whitebox, New York (2012); Feedback, Galway Arts Centre (2011); Holding Together at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2010); La Part des Choses, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, and in Quiet Revolution, Hayward Touring, UK (2009).