Loving Grace ?

CG Images

This body of work uses computer generated images to challenge the notion of autonomous thought within digital manifestations of the future.

One may believe that autonomous thought exists within OpenAI’s machine learning algorithm GP-2. This A.I. has been tasked and succeed in writing an entirely new play. While this may seem like a success for the free thinking machines the reality requires a bit more inspection. To create this ‘new’ play the A.I. was required to scan and analyze millions of other dramatic works in order to produce it’s one original. What looked like free, creative and autonomous thought is merely a copy of human creativity. Within each example of an A.I. exhibiting ,what seems to be, true creativity there is always the caveat of the corpus of content it first needed to gather and train on to complete the feat. The machine is only able to act upon the information it is provided with, by the human/society who made it.

To demonstrate this often blurred line between free action and human coding within the machine I examined the obscure notion of robot breath. We can see robot vision in self driving cars, we can feel robot touch while riding an escalator or wearing haptic feedback technology, but robot breath still alludes us. It seems that the breath is the last refuge for the human that the machine cannot replicate.

Through the lens of robot breath the images of this project flip the reality of autonomous action back and fourth between the miraculous and the coincidental.


“The Cougar 20-H is a robot with the ability to hear breath through walls. With funding from the U.S. military the robot is equipped with a panel of ultra-wideband radio frequency sensors, remote control functionality, and integrated cameras for day and night time visibility.

The robot that is so sensitive it can not only detect motion through walls but, to ensure no one goes unnoticed, it can also detect the breathing of a stationary person.”


All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

- Richard Brautigan


       Cultural importance:
It has been a Western tradition for someone to blow on the seedhead and think of a wish they wanted to come true.





HD Video 
1:40 min

Polariser is a video piece exploring the invisible and visible. A window into a different perspective of reality shimmers in and out of existence, a perspective that was originally invisible to the human eye. This work explores how human experience can be expanded through the poetic use of scientific tools and processes.


Polariser II

Bearing, Arduino,motor, polarising filters, MDF
220 x 270mm

Polariser II is a sculpture exploring the invisible and visible. I used two polarising filters salvaged from old computer screens. Through the rotation of one of the filters a window into a different perspective of reality is revealed. A perspective that was originally invisible to the human eye. An iridescent shard slides between displays of vibrant colours and transparency. This work explores how the human senses can be expanded through the poetic  use of scientific tools and processes.


Weather Fronts

Handground parabolic mirror, camera, mobile phone flash,steel frames, TV monitor, razor blade, speakers, red carpet,audio.
Weater Fronts is an interactive installation that allows audience members to see their own breath and body heat, live, through a Schlieren imaging machine that I built. The installation inlcudes a voice over of a text piece. The construction I undertook to make this apperatus can be found here. This is a 3D visualisation of the installation.

This video is a recreation of what appears on the TV monitor while an audience member interacts with the installation.The person shown in the video is the silhouette of the audience member reacting to their breath live. 

This video plays outside of the room that holds the installation.

© rory malone 2022