Wet dream

Tajinder Singh explores A.I. sexuality – selected by champion of young British art Kirsty Ogg
Art | 12 October 2014

Tajinder Dhami,’Electric Dream: Will Synthetic Intelligences Dream of Electric Sheep’, 2014, video, 5 min (looped). Courtesy the artist and Bloomberg New Contemporaries

This article is part of Young Art Week – Defining a generation

Above: Tajinder Dhami, ‘Electric Dream: Will Synthetic Intelligences Dream of Electric Sheep’, 2014, video, 5 min (looped). Courtesy the artist and Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Welcome to HERO Young Art Week – our essential, multifaceted guide to the new wave of creatives working at the vanguard of contemporary art today. Across a dynamic week of digital content, we’re exploring what’s happening at the epicentre of this global community: from the ground up, the artists themselves and the key figures witnessing the evolution of the ideas, trends and movements defining this art generation.

As director of Bloomberg New Contemporaries – one of a growing number of institutions providing major support to young students, graduates and budding professionals within the British art landscape – Kirsty Ogg is at the forefront of nascent, young art. Providing a touring exhibitive platform for new and fine art graduates, each year, Ogg joins a panel of influential art voices to select 50 winners for the finalists exhibition, which kicks off at the World Museum in Liverpool before touring to the ICA in London.

For Young Art Week, director of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Kirsty Ogg, went head to with each of her five selected artist highlights from this year’s final line-up.

Tajinder Singh, selected by Kirsty Ogg

Kirsty Ogg: Tell us about the work that was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Tajinder Singh: The synopsis of the selected Moving Image work is as follows:

“If synthetic intelligences and artificial intelligences are to be designed on human development, then will adolescent male computers experience wet dreams? If so, what will they look like? This moving image work envisages recording a AI/SI computers ‘RAM’ memory whilst it sleeps to find out!”

KO: Is there anything you are thinking of developing in your work following your selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries?
TS: Alongside Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the selected work will be touring Japan and various venues around the world as part of the DOTMOV 2014 festival. Being selected for these has given me a bit of confidence that the ideas may in some way be relevant or interesting. I have continued to further develop the themes, ideas and format of the work, thus far presenting a new dual screen Animation Installation at the Montage Gallery, London, and working on a further series of animation works, and sculptures.

KO: What are the current challenges faced in your own practice?
TS: As an artist working with the medium of animation, its difficult to know where I fit in – the Gallery? the Festival? the Screen? or the Other? There is also the issue of other’s perceptions of what animation is, can, may, or should be. So whilst there may be a quite a few challenges ahead, I feel it is best to just allow the work to unfold in whichever scenario it fits.

KO: How will you utilise this opportunity?
TS: For me, it would be interesting to have some form of feedback on the work, but I do hope the opportunity allows me to connect with other artists, musicians, curators and other interesting individuals who may in some capacity want to walk together in expanding and furthering the ideas I’m exploring.

The Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition shows from until 26th October at World Museum, Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN. The exhibition will show from 26th November to 25th January at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

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