Works from The Infocalypse Stack
Laser cut perspex and Oak veneer board
These pieces depict the events that the survivors believe led up to the Infocalypse, as well as events after. They mark key events of the Infocalypse as perceived by the survivors.
This depicts the perceived world before the disaster where machines and animals have been uplifted to achieved sentience and levels of intelligence similar to humans.
Neo Kaczynskiite Data Core Battle
The Neo Kaczynskiites are a neo Luddite group who brought about the Infocalypse. Prior to this, mankind had created strong artificial intelligences called Minds. The Minds took over the running of things such as engineering, science and cryptography so humans no longer studied those fields themselves and the ability to do so was lost.
The Neo Kaczynskiites were against this and they attacked and destroyed the Minds causing the information apocalypse. The survivors don’t really know what the Minds were or what they looked like. Here they have depicted a visualisation of the vast amounts of data the Minds had at their disposal as complex pictograms.
The survivors believe that before the disaster the Minds, began to store data organically in animals, in an attempt to survive the attacks from the Neo Kaczynskiites. This piece shows an incident where this process went wrong and the octopus has gone berserk and attacked the other animals. The octopus is a symbol for the organic data storage as it represents 8 bits.
The Elephant Hawkmoths
The Elephant Hawkmoths are a nature cult that has developed in the wake of the Infocalypse.
New Oldowan Industry
Oldowan is an archaeological term used to refer to the earliest stone industry in prehistory. The term is taken from the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where the first stone tools were discovered. As a parallel to this prehistoric centre of technological industry, the sculpture depicts a new kind of industry being discovered in the wake of the information disaster. The band of child crystal miners are discovering and experimenting with possible new uses for giant underground crystal formations.
Photographs by Anna Arca