Cones of Uncertainty, by Alice Bucknell
From Miriam Walsh
by Alice Bucknell
Alice Bucknell explores novel metaphors for grappling with the forces of artificial superintelligence. She draws on recent advances in climate modelling and machine learning to help us to think of both AI and extreme weather events as entangled, multiscalar issues. Bucknell reports on her creative experiments with The New Real's platform and presents a new video work drawn from her research. Using an expanded AI toolkit including Word2Vec, Copernicus climate projections, GPT-3, and a custom Stable Diffusion model, Bucknell’s work expands on our capacity to grapple with both the unfolding climate crisis and our relationship to nonhuman intelligence.
About the Artist
Alice Bucknell is a North American artist, writer, and curator based in London and Los Angeles. Working primarily through game engines and speculative fiction, her work explores interconnections of architecture, ecology, magic, and non-human and machine intelligence. In 2021, she founded New Mystics, a collaborative platform merging magic and technology with texts co-written by the Language AI GPT-3. In 2022, she organized the event series New Worlds at Somerset House in London.
She has exhibited her work internationally, including recent and upcoming presentations in “I’ll Be Your Mirror” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas, “Open Systems: Open Worlds” at Singapore Art Museum, the 2023 and 2019 Venice Architecture Biennales, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Deep Thought at 3hd Festival in Berlin, Ars Electronica, and Serpentine Galleries. Her writing appears often in art and design publications including ArtReview, Flash Art, Frieze, e-flux Architecture, Mousse, and The Architectural Review.
Bucknell is currently an Associate Lecturer in MA Narrative Environments, part of the Spatial Practices program at UAL, and she has given talks at SCI-Arc in LA, Fabrica in Italy, and the V&A in London. In 2023, she will be a Supercollider SciArt Ambassador and resident at transmediale in Berlin. She studied Anthropology and Visual Art at the University of Chicago and Critical Practice at the Royal College of Art in London.