Ark of Imperfection represents a large time capsule of what we consider imperfect about ourselves and our lives. The tension between the scientific and the religious symbolism heightens the sense of an existential and metaphysical crossroads brought about by scientific perfectionism. In contributing to the Ark you are invited to reflect upon the value of your imperfections and to preserve these should a future, perfect society call upon its scientists to recover what was â€˜lostâ€™. The use of Conwayâ€™s Game-of-life cellular automaton references the possibility that perfection will be ushered in through the non-biological route of artificial intelligence or computational life forms, as does the play between the Arkâ€™s measurement in cubits with the Quantum computational Q-bit.
The artist acknowledges the meticulous work of Sam Buckley in the fabrication of the Ark.
Image: Courtesy of the artist