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Crush (29,177,78)

2016. Glass beads, plastic beads, drawing of  sculpture converted to pattern for needlework, nylon thread, brass, latex tube, projected sequence of 137 colours produced using algorithm to convert emotions (text) to RGB values. Crush (29,177,78) is a meditation on the negation of physical, affective, and sensorial cues that occurs when relationships become digitised and facilitated by algorithms. The work considers the possibility of re-materialising that which is discarded when behaviour is understood as data, and decisions made by computers are indistinguishable from those made by humans.

Elke Finkenauer is a visual artist of New Zealand/German descent, living and working in Glasgow, United Kingdom and Auckland, New Zealand.