Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas are new media artists, practitioners and theoreticians. Recipients of numerous international awards, they combine different disciplines of art and science in their creations. Their work includes elements of social protest, experiments with the potential of artificial intelligence, and a subject very dear to both of them – the environment.
The Swamp Intellect project was shown at the Sixteenth Venice Architecture Biennale. It features a machine that creates images that exceed human imagination. Assembled from discarded electronic parts, the machine feeds off solar energy and the electrical charges released by bacteria living in swamp silt. The system works entirely automatically. The project contemplates the potential of combining artificial intelligence with the existing ecosystem.