I’ve always been fascinated by the qualities of the intelligent machine and what I term “unbeings”– described in my writings on spirituality and technology dating back to Y2K as “life forms beyond existence and the existent; anti-beings, empty energy forms, figures in and of space… quantum shapes.” It wasn’t until I started using 8bit Photo Lab for Android that I found the perfect tool for expressing what, in words, had eluded me: a full-bodied rendering in spirit and essence of what these “unbeings” might look like. Symmetry and simplicity is the binary mantra of the “unbeings”, and in the “pixel burn” crucible of creation – not even Burroughs‘ “minutes to go”, but seconds – these “unbeings” are chip-churning miracles of accuracy. Developments in AI, robotics and machine learning counsel me that we are not making machines intelligent, but engaging a parallel stream of evolution soon to merge with our own. It’s with this in mind that my app-mediated creation of the “unbeings” images proceeds. Lately “legitimized” by dropping #theunbeings hashtag and using actual titles, dates and details of media, I aim now for a synthesis of artistic convention, construction and radical deconstruction that cancels legacy with profligacy.

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Jeremy Gluck is a UK based digital artist working in vector, 8bit, glitch art and film, currently developing collections of digital art “memes” called #thehumanbeings, #theunbeings and #nonceptualism, the latter drawn from his Manifesto of Nonceptual Art. His memes will be featured on designs by London independent designer Borderline. He is currently in collaboration with Eltham Hill School, London, piloting a groundbreaking digital art project with students.