Infinite Lives

“a psychedelic, hallucinatory atmosphere… you can leave the LSD at home.” Dagblad van het Noorden (the Netherlands)

The nature of consciousness has long fascinated and frustrated artists as much as scientists, from the science-fiction of Philip K Dick to the psychiatric work of RD Laing, and today’s pioneering researchers into artificial minds. In Infinite Lives, Glasgow-based Robbie Thomson performs a kind of live lab experiment, studying bacteria only visible under extreme magnification. These tiny entities are alive, but are they – could they ever be – conscious? Surrounded by weird and fantastical organisms and robotic devices, Thomson’s experiments are transformed into projections which react both to a live electronic soundtrack and to his investigations into the vanishingly tiny complexities of our world and the limits of human consciousness.

“disconcerting, alienating, as though humans were intruding on a world where machines were in control… surrounded by Thomson’s gizmos, you always wondered which one was going to spurt into life next.” theartsdesk.com (UK) on Robbie Thomson’s The New Alps