Sebastian Errazuriz has funneled his fears over the increase in technological power into a series of audacious 3D printed sculptures
It was 2016 when Sebastian Errazuriz first felt the fear. He was walking to the subway in Brooklyn when a chilling thought dawned upon him.
It occurred to me we might be the last generation of artists, said the New York-based Chilean artist, because we might be the last generation of everything.
With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), theres a decline of human control and jobs, not only within the service industry, but in the creative field, too. That was really weird and creepy, he said. Most people think: Its OK if the truck drivers lose their jobs, its not me, but when AI hits an artist were supposed to be one of the last ones to go were going to be replaced, too. Then I thought: Holy fuck, I need to talk about these issues.
These very issues are at the core of Errazurizs latest exhibition, The Beginning of the End, which attempts to define a new mythology, where tech bosses such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg are memorialized as all-powerful figures in art history.
His new series of 3D-printed sculptures (which are meant to look like marble) are on view until 24 May at the Elizabeth Collective in New York.
This is my attempt as an artist to create a series of mythological figures, placeholders for these conversations, said the artist. Theyre each almost created on tarot card-like archetypes.
There is Bezos riding on a horse like King Louis XIV, carrying an Amazon delivery box, trampling a worker (or a customer). There is Zuckerberg as a Roman god and Edward Snowden as a dead poet.
I have, for the past five years, been reading everything I can about technology, but the deeper you go down that rabbit hole, you tend to get more paranoid, said Errazuriz. You reach a point when you ask yourself: Am I brainwashing myself, or is the public just not informed?
He noted the growing number of job losses with exponential growth of AI, social media addiction and the rise of governments tracking individuals through technology.
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