A.I.TU body of work is a six piece collection in different colourways.
(Left) There are only 3x pieces left :
2x in A3 size, framed now exhibiting at Depot Artspace, Devonport, Auckland
1x Large A0, framed
Limited archival print series now for sale
Recently exhibited in SOUTH-VERSED Exhibition
A.I.tu is a series of low-tech archival printed digital concept sketches created as part of a library of 80+ baseline digi-concept sketches coined gifbenders intended for further development. A.I.tu explores notions of digital sovereignty for Moana Oceania peoples, progressive artificial intelligence (A.I.) and Machine Learning (M.L.) technologies.
The foreboding of A.I. sentience from my childhood Sci-Fi indoctrination (i.e. A.I. led apocalyptic dystopian futures) and my current tech journey that promotes A.I. type-benevolence. The undeniable silhouette is that of villainous droid 'Maximillian' from 1979 Sci-Fi movie 'The Black Hole'.
Both Einstein and Hawking theorised about Black Hole mechanics. So too did Dr Hans Reinhardt; main antagonist and creator of Maximillian. The artworks pose the robot figure silhouette upon a large platform of generic Pacific style motifs created from a mono-toned photo of my face spliced, diced mirrored continuously.
The title A.I.tu brings all these thoughts together under a play of letters from Samoan noun A.I.tu - spiritual entity and tu - verb, 'to stand' - preceded with the acronym A.I.
A Collaboration with the Inaugural MOANA PASIFIKA Womens Rugby Sevens Squad 2022. This video was provided as part of the campaign ceremony where the artworks were presented alongside their jerseys. This opportunity was made possible by invitation from Inaugural Womens coach Cynthia Ta'ala.