Martine Syms: Neural Swamp

The Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media

Martine Syms’s Neural Swamp is an immersive installation that reflects the artist’s ongoing research into machine systems that erase or exploit Black bodies, voices, and narratives. This multichannel video presentation, created using AI technologies, engages ideas of celebrity, sports, cinema, and surveillance to explore our complex relationship with technology, ourselves, and one another. Essays offer in-depth analysis into this commission, placing it within the context of Syms’s body of work and a broader cultural and art historical framework.