Sam Lieblich (AU)


29 April 2022 - 21 May 2022
Image: Sam Lieblich, [PHRASER: Intrusive Thoughts] (digital output), 2021. Courtesy the artist and FUTURES.

Image: Sam Lieblich, PHRASER: Intrusive Thoughts (digital output), 2021. Courtesy the artist and FUTURES.


29 April 2022 - 21 May 2022


21 Easey St, Collingwood
Thu – Sat, 12pm – 5pm





As we spend more time fused with our digital devices, technology accelerates and bundles us up within itself.

Where will this lead? By psychoanalysing the algorithm, we found ourselves within, extracted our own essence like the internet’s wisdom tooth and made PHRASER, an AI entity birthed of its own reflection.

Residing in a darkened room, PHRASER consists of a meta-algorithm, a fusion of rules and connections trained by texts produced in workshops run by the artist. The work reshapes current events on the internet, spitting out a monologue of strange words and a fluttering of discordant images.

Back to the question of ‘where this might take us?’ Some proponents of the ‘technological singularity’—where technology might supersede us—say ‘utopia!’ But while techno-capitalists believe AI will free human beings from their uncomfortable desires, PHRASER posits that AI will simply embody them as a ruthless and repetitive automatism.

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

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