An Open Clade
Niall Brown 骆霓尔
2019.05.02 – 2019.05.12
白灼 BJOY IMAGE
BJ = 白灼
N = Niall Brown 骆霓尔
Please introduce the works of your exhibition.
N : 本次展览的作品是一系列数字绘画和一部动画视频，讲述的是人类可能的未来，是人工智能和人类大脑共存于地球的故事。这些绘画是讲述冲突和结构的作品合集，其中结构部分显示一种新物种会对地球留下的影响。绘画展示了日常生活情况，操作和建筑项目。
The works for this exhibition are a series of digital drawings and an animated video that tell the story of a possible future of humanity where AI and the human brain coexist and inhabit the earth together. The images are a collection of conflicts, and structures that show the impact that this new organism will leave on the planet. Showing living conditions, routine operations, andbuilding projects.
The animation shows an extended timeline that starts from the evolution of human life and shows the merging of human and mechanical minds. The emerging story shows conflict between different factions of humanity over the fate of the species, and culminates in the new organism leaving earth and the whole process of evolution starting again.
intended to explore a possible transhumanist future that sees the human species transformed into a large organism that continuously reforms itself over competing interests. This visionis a positive and optimistic one, and is intended to be an exploration of how our base intuitions can be transformed, and how a completely open and nebulous society could be organised.
Why are you interested in human beings, resources, and future survival, are you worried about the future of mankind?
I think the issue of what a positive vision of the future with AI and robots and other mind changing technology is the most important issue of our time in a sense. For one think futurism is one of the best ways to do applied philosophy, because it reveals what our true motivations are when everything about our societies isdifferent. I also think its necessary to provide a positive vision for thiskind of future. We can easily see how much positive progress has been made for us over the centuries but for some reason we expect nothing but doom and gloomin the future. I noticed how most futuristic depictions tend to be rather dystopian which is understandable. But I think its important to properly examine the kinds of futuristic narratives that have been proposed and think of a future we would like to have.
Why would you choose to do your solo exhibition here at Shapowei Art Zone?
I was given the opportunity through a friend, and I’m very eager to show my works to a new public after graduating. It’s important for me to get public feedback for what I’m doing and have an exhibition as a goal to work towards. I like that Shapowei represents a lot of the artistic side of Xiamen and the nature of the space is that it attracts a lot of different people, who may not normally be interested in art or illustration.
What do you think of the artistic ecology of Xiamen?
I think that Xiamen has a more subtle artistic scene compared to other cities that I’ve lived and worked in. It’s not a massive financial centre like some of the other big Chinese cities, but it has a very open and positive lifestyle that I think makes people more open to artistic ideas here than in other places. There’s definitely a strong network of creative people and a sense of shared community. I think the artistic environment will develop very fast here because of how much it’s changed just over the last two years that I’ve seen already.
What is the biggest influence on your thinking before you decide to be an artist?
The biggest influences on my motivation from my work come from my interest in fiction and world building. I have always been very interested in philosophy and fictions set in alternative realities. Especially ones that get to the heart of human motivation. World building narratives set in futuristic or imaginary worlds have an immersive power that is unparalleled. In my early childhood I was specifically drawn to the paintings by Salvador Dali, and in my later life by the paintings of John Martin. The kind of epic imagination of those two artists had a great influence on me and they were both deeply rooted in religion and psychology. I always remember wanting to draw for a living and for me creating these kinds of immersive images are important to help understand reality.
Niall Brown, Chinese name 骆霓尔，is a British artist who currently lives in Xiamen.
Camberwell College of Art and Design, London, United Kingdom (2013-2014) Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2014-2015) Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2015-2018)
Rietveld Fine Arts Graduation Show (2018)
Graduation work at the Rietveld Fine Art Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gratefully Sludged, M4 Gallery (2018)
Group show at the M4 Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Elias & The Fine Arts Department (2017)
Group exhibition at Overschiestraat Studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In Shadow, V-Space Gallery, (2016)
Group exhibition at the V-Space gallery in Xiamen, China