Trochilidae [hummingbird]



A video installation for the gallery, the home, classroom or office, which tells the cautionary tale of hummingbird classification and AI.


Hummingbirds have puzzled scientists for centuries by defying classification. Their complex history serves as an allegory for the wider challenges we face today in artificial intelligence and classification. Lessons from this cautionary tale become increasingly urgent as AI technologies are introduced into vital services like policing and healthcare. The project explores these themes through scripted dialogue, orchestral composition, spatial audio, and multi-screen animation, presented on a custom built app and an accompanying gallery installation. (more images and video coming soon)



’Hummingboxes’ contain a screen, speaker and networked Raspberry pi, allowing animation and sound to flow between them.


’Hummingboxes’ contain a screen, speaker and networked Raspberry pi, allowing animation and sound to flow between them.



Ambient audio track featuring narrated story and spatial orchestral composition.



A prototype web-app that synchronises animation across a number of smartphones to create a shared multi-screen experience at home (quarantine video).


Testing the prototype with 90+ students at Falmouth School of Art.


Mobile screens.


1. First full networked Raspberry pi tests, 2. ‘Hummingbox’ tech contents, 3. Installation construction, 4. Show setup. 


I’m interested in collaborating to bring a new piece of work, a collection, a game, a performance, or an exhibition into peoples homes via this novel medium. I work with a team of developers and designers, and a large network of creative professionals, from animators to sound designers
Mark