Video and sound installation, 2015, 9 min. 50 sec.

The Bearer of Bad News is a sound and video installation that incorporates the elusive qualities of human language freed from the human body. The work features a fully disem- bodied voice and a shadow moving in space - seemingly the elusive leftovers of an actor gone missing. The voice foretells a gloomy vision of the future and evokes the clash between "the pessimism of the intellect" and "the optimism of the will". The deep sadness of the invisible, gloomy messenger is in fact the programmed emotion of a machine.

Image: exhibition view, Rijksakademie Open Studios, Amsterdam 2015.