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Brian Carew-Hopkins



Background To The Art Work

The original was created in March 2020 while COVID-19 caused a global crash in stock markets and economies and tracking the virus is compromising citizen privacy. While superpowers play with geopolitical opportunities and corporations mitigate vulnerabilities exposed by the crisis – by employing automation over vulnerable humans.

The final image, of a threatening ‘dialect’ from the ‘Dr Who‘ series on the BBC represents the fear of the potential replacement of some humans by automation – that is likely to occur as a result of the virus.

The imagery was developed from current affairs audio broadcasts, and the slam poetry connected the story-line later. The entire work is spontaneous and unplanned The art takes whichever direction it takes, and the artist had no idea where the artwork was heading until it is completed.

Slam poetry interpretation

Chasing the markets all the way down

Then up, then around and around

The markets crashed then rebounded as investors struggled to predict what would happen next

In the rear vision we see the decision

But by then its too late and profound

The circle representing covid is the inflection point for dramatic changes to our worlds social and geo politics –

Big sisters already in our back pocket

Lets applaud as she keeps us alive

Large tech firms are using smart phones to track covid cases and minimize spread

Big brothers awake and applauding as well

Taking the change in his stride

Governments are letting this happen and in some cases participating. Its seen by the population as generally a good thing but the risks of misuse of the data and tracking power are close to mind.

A red river of money dripping with honey

A blue river of hope, but how can it cope

Meanwhile the centrally controlled superpowers are using money to influence large technology corporations with the intent of increasing the power and control of populations

While democratically controlled superpowers struggle to maintain their position in the face of multiple challenges

Did you get sick from Covid 19

(whisper) Lets replace them with a machine

And the people who are at the bottom of the value chain face a more uncertain world, with greater surveillance and less employment as covid causes speeding up of the trend towards automation.


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Machine - Print
A full-sized, excellent quality print on stretched canvas, permanently connected to the video via the VooGlue App.
Machine - Original

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The original one-of-a-kind artwork representing great value as among the first in this style as it is permanently connected to the video via the VooGlue App

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Original 40 high by 50 wide Acrylic on stretched canvas.


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