Kaya Joan

Deep Blue


Fragment (1675 - 1725) by unknown maker(s), England, linen and wool yarn

kaya joan, Deep Blue (2023), video 3:59 miN

Coming across a fragment from the past, many things come to mind. What are the materials involved in creating this object? What histories are embedded in this piece? Thinking about lineages, I wondered what AI (artificial intelligence) might ‘think’ about this piece of crewel embroidery from late 17th century England. Collaging AI imagery, 16-17th century English paintings, illustrations, and animations of the fragment, this short film is narrated by the voice of indigo reflecting on its life cycles.
It speaks in a fragmented, poetic way, sharing its time as a seed, and alludes to its relationship with histories of exploitative labor and the Trans Atlantic slave trade. Structured like a ML (machine learning) program analyzing the fragment, the film is titled "Deep Blue," referencing both the 1995 IBM supercomputer called "the first AI" and the mystical blue color that indigo dye can produce when alchemized from its natural green state. The film concludes with a sound collage of "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis and recordings of birdsong while scanned, printed images of the fragment are progressively layered with drawings, exploring material and immaterial intersections between artificial, synthetic and natural. 

*this artist statement was co-created with Chat GPT

About  the  Artist:  Kaya  Joan

Kaya Joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous (Vincentian, Kanien'kehá:ka, Jamaican, Irish) artist born, raised and living in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Kaya’s practice explores their relationship to place, storytelling, Black and Indigenous futurity and creation stories. Kaya has been working in community arts for 7 years as a facilitator and artist, and is a member of Milkweed Collective.To support Kaya and their work, you can find them @kayajoan


Mending the Museum (2023)
Workshop Series:
   Narrative Charm
   Blackout Poetry
   Play it Forward
   Cloning and Paper Clay


About the Collective
Members of the Collective

Mending the Museum is a collaborative duo comprised of Karina Román Justo and Camila Salcedo. Together, their intent is to work as a bridge between artists, communities, regional museums, and craft objects from their collections, to reflect on ancestry and speculative futures within the framework of cultural belonging.

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