Emissaries Guide to Worlding by Ian Cheng
“Emissaries (2015 – 2017) is a trilogy of simulations about cognitive evolution, past and future, and the ecological conditions that shape it. Each simulation is centred on the life of an emissary who is caught between unravelling old realities and emerging weird ones.
For artist Ian Cheng (b. 1984, Los Angeles), the making of Emissaries became a lesson in Worlding – the unnatural art of creating an infinite game by choosing a present, storytelling its past, simulating its futures, and nurturing its changes.”
From Images of Conviction: The Construction of Visual Evidence
Cell in Pentonville Prison fitted with a loom in order to work within the room.
Tom McCarthy’s Remainder
Tom McCarthy tells the story of an unnamed Londoner who has suffered a terrible accident. Emerging from a coma and months of physiotherapy, he awakens into a trance of self-consciousness. “Ever since learning to move again,” he explains, “I’d felt that all my acts were duplicates, unnatural, acquired.” Like a character in a novel by Philip K. Dick, he comes off as something between a normal person and a programmed automaton.