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Sarah Meyohas
Petals to Pixels
June 13, 2019 – July 20, 2019

On June 13th, Mine Project is pleased to announce Petals to Pixels, the solo exhibition of French-American artist Sarah Meyohas. Her first presentation with the gallery, as well as in Hong Kong, the show brings together works from two of her projects, Cloud of Petals and Speculations. 
 
Rose petals cannot digitize themselves. At the site of the former Bell Labs, a gigantic hanger in the rural New Jersey farmland, sixteen workers gather to photograph 100,000 rose petals, one by one. Human hands must individually open the flower, pick the petal, place it under the lens, press the shutter, and upload the image to the cloud. The workers set aside one petal per rose that they consider most beautiful and put it in a press—preserving it as a physical artifact. From this trove of images, an artificial intelligence algorithm emerges, allowing for the creation of new, unique petals forever. 
 
Shot on 16mm film, Cloud of Petals traces beauty and subjectivity within the systems of automation and artificial intelligence. Inside the static confines of the once-modern but now-shuttered Bell Labs, the place where the world’s brightest minds came together to invent the future, Sarah Meyohas has captured a haunting vision, punctuated by arresting visuals—at one point, a live python is let loose amid the piles of petals. And above all, it tracks the transformation of these most elemental markers of color—the bloomlets of flowers—into nothing but data, ones and zeros. The cloud of petals sprawled in the building eventually becomes a cloud of pixels. ...