Memo Akten (TR)

Distributed Consciousness

16 July - 31 August
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Image: Memo Akten, Distributed Consciousness, 2021. Courtesy the artist.

A surreal, AI-generated mediation on consciousness and intelligence.


16 July - 31 August


ACMI [i]
Federation Square, Melbourne
Daily, 10am – 5pm


Technological Futures


Wheelchair access



This dazzling multi-screen work embraces the interconnectivity of everything, exploring the merging of human and non-human consciousness – via the coded AI musings of octopus-like digital beings.

Originating as an NFT collection on the ecologically-friendly blockchain Tezos, Distributed Consciousness features 256 unique images of octopus-like Tentacular Critters created with custom Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning coded by the artist.

Staged as a place of worship, our Tentacular deities invite us to face the reality that humans may not be the sole keepers of what we think of as “intelligence”, “creativity” or even “consciousness”.

Curated by Chelsey O'Brien Supported by Naomi Milgrom AC and the Naomi Milgrom Foundation

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  • Chelsey O'Brien


Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March