0rphan Drift – If AI Were Cephalopod


If AI were Cephalopod (Single Channel Edit) is a video by 0rphan Drift, which imagines the expansive possibilities of Artificial Intelligence unbound by the limits of human thought processes. The work investigates the remarkably complex cognition of other creatures, speculating on the ways in which artificial consciousness could be embodied in a more-than-human future. Proposing an AI imagination coded by the behaviour of an octopus, If AI were Cephalopod explores alternative forms of experience and perception, posing questions around the rational limits of human self-consciousness.

0rphan Drift is a collaborative artistic practice and hive mind formed in London in 1994 by Maggie Roberts aka Mer, Suzanne Karakashian, Ranu Mukherjee, and Erle Stenberg. As an artistic entity, 0rphan Drift is known for immersive and visually complex works that use samples and the remixing of existing material extensively, treating information as matter and the image as a unit of contagion.