Unsculpt (2021)

Music and video by Myriam Bleau.
Audiovisual performance - 30:00.

Inspired by the writings of Donna Haraway, Manuel DeLanda and the notion of ecological mysticism, Unsculpt explores speculative architectures and ecosystems created from the assemblage of human and machine agencies. Generated with artificial intelligence, hybrid landscapes of vegetal and human constructions emerge as fragments of dreams, faded postcards from an imagined future.

The title was inspired by Shelley's poem Mont Blanc, which, although written in 1816, seems to evoke our current connected lives in an uncanny way: " Thine earthly rainbows stretch'd across the sweep / Of the aethereal waterfall, whose veil / Robes some unsculptur'd image; the strange sleep / Which when the voices of the desert fail / Wraps all in its own deep eternity; [...] My own, my human mind, which passively / Now renders and receives fast influencings, / Holding an unremitting interchange / With the clear universe of things around; "

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.