Circuits of Sand and Water brings up questions about privacy amid great interest and concern around artificial intelligence.
AI is powered by data extracted from bodies. We offer up information everyday, caught between animal instincts and digital impulses.
This project uses fiction, binaural audio, and slow video to depict the machine gaze on us. It parses through the shades of comfort, obsession, apathy, and vulnerability we experience online.
The story’s protagonist simulates intimacy with her neighbours via digital surveillance. Her objectionable approach creates a slew of metaphors for how invisible trackers capture and process our data. She articulates a wager we’ve all made: to accept subtle violations of privacy in the name of connection and progress.