GOLDSMITHS | MFA 2016

Helen Knowles



Video still from ‘The Trial of Superdebthunterbot’
Stemming from an interest in the digital world, I am preoccupied with the way the immaterial meets forms of life. I try to tease out questions of responsibility and autonomy. During my study on the MFA, I began working around the subject of fi-nance. Choosing a subject which remains elusive and difficult to comprehend, somewhat taboo and secretive, my research led me to work on the infrastructural technologies like algorithms which are the king-pins of our online world. The bed-rock of financial transactions, these algos are employed to exploit their predictive capabilities and in the quest to capture and learn from big data. However, this re-search has also led me to an increasing awareness of the eradication of the ‘human’ when it is the human, from which profits are extracted. Therefore I use my work to circumvent this eradication by providing opportunities to understand, question and remember our social connectivity.
42 minute HD video.

Video still from ‘The Trial of Superdebthunterbot’
Stemming from an interest in the digital world, I am preoccupied with the way the immaterial meets forms of life. I try to tease out questions of responsibility and autonomy. During my study on the MFA, I began working around the subject of fi-nance. Choosing a subject which remains elusive and difficult to comprehend, somewhat taboo and secretive, my research led me to work on the infrastructural technologies like algorithms which are the king-pins of our online world. The bed-rock of financial transactions, these algos are employed to exploit their predictive capabilities and in the quest to capture and learn from big data. However, this re-search has also led me to an increasing awareness of the eradication of the ‘human’ when it is the human, from which profits are extracted. Therefore I use my work to circumvent this eradication by providing opportunities to understand, question and remember our social connectivity.
42 minute HD video.