Autonomous Trap 001

Performance of a salt circle to entrap a self-driving car, Mount Parnassus, Greece, 2017.

The artist draws a circle as a trap for a self-driving car: the solid and dotted line form a »no entry« sign in 360 degrees. The vehicle, which relies on machine vision and processing to guide it, has been put under a spell by the materials of a magic ritual: it cannot leave the circle without breaking its own programming.

Autonomous vehicles bring many developing technologies, such as machine vision and artificial intelligence, into contact with crucial social issues like the atomization and changing nature of labour. The salt trap is a sign of resistance, but also an attempt to define a shared space where both human and machine can converse.