Martine Syms’s Neural Swamp is an immersive installation that reflects the artist’s ongoing research into machine systems that erase or exploit Black bodies, voices, and narratives. This multichannel video presentation, created using AI technologies, engages ideas of celebrity, sports, cinema, and surveillance to explore our complex relationship with technology, ourselves, and one another. Essays offer in-depth analysis into this commission, placing it within the context of Syms’s body of work and a broader cultural and art historical framework.
Martine Syms: Neural Swamp is the second volume in a series documenting works produced for the Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media, a collaborative initiative established by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin to support the creation, acquisition, and presentation of new video, film, sound, and performance works by emerging artists.
About the Authors
Irene Calderoni is chief curator at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. Amanda Sroka is associate curator of contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Christina Sharpe is a writer and Canada Research Chair in Black Studies in the Humanities at York University, Toronto.
- Authors: Irene Calderoni, Amanda Sroka and Christine Sharpe
- Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art. June 28, 2022
- 80 pages, 9" x 7"
- 50 color illustrations
- ISBN: 9780876332979