Each part of the Emissaries trilogy can also be viewed live online, giving viewers the chance to explore the evolution of Cheng’s virtual characters and ecosystems beyond the confines of the gallery. Drawing on cognitive science, improvisation and video game design, Cheng’s work delves into notions of human consciousness, mutation and the way in which we relate to change as a species.
Cheng also draws on his own experiences working for George Lucas’s special effects company Industrial Light & Magic, as well as his education in cognitive science and interest in unpredictable systems. His simulations ‘self-evolve’ despite being initiated by the artist, and are designed to prompt the feelings of anxiety and bewilderment that often accompany uncontrollable change in our lives.
It promises to be a thought-provoking, mesmerising and cognitively unsettling experience.
|What||Ian Cheng: Emissaries, Serpentine Gallery|
|Where||Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
24 Apr 18 – 28 May 18, Closed Mondays
|Website||Click here for more information|