Maria Antelman, ‘[sin-taks]’, 2017, Daata Editions

Maria Antelman is a New York-based multimedia artist whose practice investigates our contemporary interaction with machines and the mutually influential relationships we build with these systems. This piece, [sin-taks], uses stop words and non-words together, highlighting their different function. The non-words sound like words but have no meaning. Researchers use them to help understand how information is processed. Stop (noise) words are so common that they confuse search engines. Search engines filter them out to facilitate the search for information. Sounds of recording devices rewinding, stopping and restarting, connect and further disconnect the ambiguous and unintelligible voices. This sound piece is about a void, a gap and a stoppage in a closed system of connections. It is an attempt to search for a new meaning in a time of uncertainty.

About Maria Antelman

Discomfited and fascinated by the way technology has increasingly shaped our existence, Maria Antelman produces coolly elegant videos, photographs, sound pieces, and installations that question the effect of technological advancement on our understanding of the human condition. In her words, “I like science and technology in a humanistic way. It’s always about the human drama or the human factor within this technological, existential situation we are experiencing.” Antelman distinguishes between information and knowledge, demonstrating that the latter requires imagination, not merely access to data. This becomes eerily apparent in her series of stark photographs of the massive buildings and machines comprising NASA space centers, which she sees as perpetuating the information-overloaded loop in which we are trapped, with satellites bringing us views of ourselves instead of the vast frontiers beyond.

Greek , b. 1971

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