Perspective has afforded the surveying, inspection, registration, regulation and pricing of the earth. In this session, through a performative lecture, we will trace a genealogy of carbon and its derivatives. Its conceptualisation, its ‘discovery’, its refining and processing, its financialisation and derivation into predictive systems. We will present our art-led enquiry into the enunciative modality of the computational perspective of machine learning and the resulting patterns of accumulation which form topologies of investment, or divestment, according to valuation in the calculations of finance capital and security. We will investigate these patterns that capture and inscribe upon the macro scale of landscapes propelled by micro pixel averaging systems.
FRAUD is a métis duo of artist-researchers (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo), currently resident of the Somerset House Studios in London. Their backgrounds include computational and software culture, environmental history, postcolonial feminism, cultural studies, disruptive design, performance and space systems engineering. The duo develops forms of art-led enquiry into modes of governmentality and power that flow through physical and cultural spaces. They focus on exploring forms of necropolitics that are embedded in the entanglement of ecology and technical objects, and erasure as a disruptive technology in knowledge production. Audrey is currently head of Digital Arts Computing and a lecturer in Critical Studies in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. FRAUD has presented work at such institutions as: the Salon Suisse (the 57th Venice Biennale) (IT); the Whitechapel Gallery (UK); the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (NL); Kunsthal Aarhus (DK); Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE); Kunsthal Trondheim (NO); le Bâtiment d’art Contemporain (CH); the ArtScience Museum (SG); and CentroCentro (SP).