Animal, Machine, Unfixed Image
How is Alexandre Estrela’s video soundscape like a Portuguese man o’ war?
Alexandre Estrela, Ellie Ga
Nov 3, 2023
For MoMA’s Kravis Studio, the Portuguese artist Alexandre Estrela has created Flat Bells, an immersive sound and media installation that straddles the history of art, music, and technology. The work’s algorithmic structure taps into contemporary conversations about artificial intelligence, but Estrela’s work pushes us to think more expansively about the relationship between human and machine. For this conversation, we’ve invited artist Ellie Ga, a friend and sometimes collaborator of Estrela’s whose own practice centers nature and image production, to help uncover the process and big ideas behind Estrela’s MoMA show.
—Sophie Cavoulacos, Associate Curator, Department of Film
Source material for Flat Bells.
Flat Bells wants to grab your attention but it also doesn't really give a shit.
Christie Wilcox holding a freshly-caught Physalia physalis. Photo: Rachel Skubel
Alexandre Estrela: Flat Bells is on view from November 4, 2023 through January 7, 2024. On Monday, November 6, as part of our Modern Mondays series, the artist joins us in person to present four pieces that have never been screened in the United States.
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