Name: Turing's Mill
Date: 2017
Context: Archives
Location: Cambridge, MA

Turing’s Mill
Matthew Battles
Multi-channel video installation

Wednesday, August 9, 10am-5pm
Gallery talk 3 pm

Harvard Art Museums
Lightbox Gallery

Technologies are emerging that prompt a new public dialogue around the nature of cognition, consciousness, and the self. And yet questions underpinning this dialogue have fascinated philosophers throughout history. Is the mind a machine, like a mill or mechanical calculator; or is it spirit or essence, something made of colorless, massless, motionless stuff, transcendent and eternal? Can machines think—and have they been thinking all along? A multi-channel video installation, Turing’s Mill is a kind of dossier of evidence for addressing these questions, gathered from found footage, new imagery, and the history of technology.