Jenna Sutela
nimiia cétiï, 2018

Nov 25, 2020 — Jan 31, 2021

An audiovisual work by Jenna Sutela

nimiia cétiï, 2018 is an audiovisual work by Jenna Sutela using machine learning to generate a new written and spoken language. This language is based on the computer's interpretation of a Martian tongue from the late 1800s, originally channelled by the French medium Hélène Smith and now voiced by Sutela as well as the movement of Bacillus subtilis nattō, an extremophilic bacterium that, according to recent spaceflight experimentation, can survive on Mars. The machine, in this project, is a medium, channelling messages from entities that usually cannot speak. The work is also about intelligent machines as aliens of our creation. For her LAS intervention, Sutela invites visitors to the LAS website to listen in on the conversations in this extraterrestrial language.


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