Merijn Bolink (Amsterdam, 1967) uses his work to look for the essence of things. He tries to understand the world through deconstruction and reconstruction.
He is fascinated by the speed at which technology is currently improving. The phenomenon of artificial intelligence, he says, is still in the early stages of developmental, showing a neat mix of philosophy and poetry. He compares this to a child learning to speak, creating curious sentences that could harbour an unexpected grain of truth.
Bolink’s central question is: what does Google see? In order to find out, he incorporates smart visual recognition software in his artisanal sculptures and installations; the type used by Google to identify people, places and things. He believes artificial intelligence will develop in radical ways over the coming years and he aims to document this development.
For his Club Solo exhibition, Bolink has created the interactive installation Grand Piiiiiano Oracle(2019). The work is a sculptural musical instrument in which the Google assistant is manifested. This assistant is not a static component, but a learning system: as viewers ask it questions, the grand piano will play back its answers like an oracle.