Much of my work focuses on the changes brought about by science and technology. Over the past century we have become used to machines performing manual labor with greater efficiency and higher speed than humans. However as we move into the twenty-first century, it is our intellects that are being increasingly challenged by the machine.
Kasparov's Ghost is a work about the 1997 chess match in which the IBM computer Deep Blue defeated world chess champion and Grandmaster Gary Kasparov. Although many question the fairness of the competition and Kasparov triumphed in a series of later matches I see the moment as pivotal. If a machine can equal the intellect of a genius such as Kasparov, what future may there be in human decision making and human skills? This seems a particularly poignant issue for artists.
The rusted iron plates of the chess knight make reference to abandoned machinery. Decayed, abandoned and left by the way side in the march of progress. This is intended as a metaphor for the fate of the human mind in the twenty first century.
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