Abyssal Seeker
Abyssal Seeker

[DEMERSAL ZONE]

14th April — 22nd May 2021
Seventeen, London
www.seventeengallery.com

[BENTHIC ZONE]

5th May — 20th June 2021
FUTURA, Prague
www.futuraprague.com

[PELAGIC ZONE]

10th July — 10th October 2021
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland
British Art Show 9
www.britishartshow9.co.uk

Abyssal Seeker portrays the journey to a deep sea brine lake, which remains undiscovered by science. The film installation depicts the strange creatures that live there, which are able to shape-shift, metamorphosize and swap genetic material. Above ground the installation is structured like a panopticon, tracking the surface lifeforms and creating biometric profiles which are used to programme their behaviour. The surface dwellers seek any form of escape from this centralized surveillance, and make their way to the lake in the deep ocean to evade identification. In the vast abyssal plains, remote and unexplored, the deep sea is a metaphor for the limit of human knowledge and often referred to as the ‘final frontier’. On land, computation is taking over human knowledge and is on a quest to turn all that lives to data. This work reflects on how life forms remain non-totalizable, and maps out ways in which we can become ‘less human’ to confound datafication.

Abyssal Seeker is a project by Joey Holder
Creatures and film scenography by Yuma Burgess
Sound Design by 33EMYBW
Essay by Theo Reeves-Evison
Graphics by Raphaël de La Morinerie

Abyssal Seeker is a project by
Joey Holder

Creatures and film scenography by
Yuma Burgess

Sound Design by
33EMYBW

Essay by
Theo Reeves-Evison

Graphics by
Raphaël de La Morinerie