Bachelor of Creative Arts - Visual arts
Mood Organ series
by Jessica Phillips
Jessica Phillips is a multidisciplinary visual artist working and living in Naarm Melbourne. The abject quality of her works elicits a disturbing intrigue, and her practice aims to investigate the relationship between identity and the digital in an era of surveillance capitalism, from a metamodernist perspective. Jessica’s research informs her chosen medium, with some of her most recent projects utilising darkroom photography, sculpture, video installation, and AI artworks.
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About this work
1. The namesake of Philip K Dick’s literary invention, the Penfield Mood Organ, this work consisting of 9 silver gelatin prints blends traditional and contemporary methods and technologies to form an original approach to the self portrait. AI diffused images of the artist and collages of personal data retrieved from social media platforms including Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, and Google. The images were converted to negatives that could be used in a standard darkroom enlarger, and developer chemical was applied by paintbrush.

2. A continuation of the Mood Organ series, this video installation was created using original videos run through Disco Diffusion, an artificial intelligence image generator. The video disguises the artist moving in her space behind a warped veil of bombastically colourful over-saturation and abject excess, generated by AI technologies designed from algorithms of human thinking.
Both works in the Mood Organ series investigate, to diverging effects, the relationship between identity and the digital in an era of surveillance capitalism and metamodernist societal attitudes.

Both works in the Mood Organ series investigate, to diverging effects, the relationship between identity and the digital in an era of surveillance capitalism and metamodernist societal attitudes.

Medium
Illustration and Light installation
Year

2022

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