Evidence wall connects over four hundred fictional automatons, robots, and artificial intelligences from a wide range of pop-cultural and mythological sources, positing them as agents in a vast conspiracy against the human race. It owes a great debt to the meta-fictional tradition perhaps best exemplified by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (1999-2019), in which a dizzying array of characters from a wide spectrum of literary sources exist in a shared fictional universe.
While Evidence wall's default interface offers users a wandering lens across an analogue conspiracy wall, a more interactive mode can be activated by clicking and dragging any given portion of the image. This allows for a more curious observer to follow specific chains of association between the AI's and become more deeply acquainted with sets of artist-determined overlapping taxonomies.
In some instances, AI's have been grouped according to their capacity to exhibit typically human traits, such as artistry, sadism, megalomania or romantic infatuation. Elsewhere, they are grouped according to Myer-Briggs Type Indicator personality traits or in their adherence to supposed safeguards, such as Isaac Asimov’s 'Three Laws of Robotics'.
The belligerently analogue approach to mapping these connections–pins, thread, index cards and images reminiscent of Polaroid photography–is intended as something of a foil to the tech-minded subject matter. It perhaps suggests yet another fictional character, the conspiracy theorist himself–a tinfoil-hat-wearing Luddite making a last futile stand against the coming of the machines.
Roy Ananda is a visual artist, writer and educator practicing on Kaurna Country (Tarndanya / Adelaide Plains). His objects, drawings, installations, texts and videos variously celebrate popular culture, play, process and the very act of making.
Evidence wall was produced with assistance from photographer Sam Roberts and web developer Tom Crisp.