Cultural Policy’s first two projects, Webtaura and Posthuman Island create speculative digital identities and worlds. On Instagram, Webtaura is described as “part human, part supercomputer, with the body of a robotic horse”. Audiences have met Webtaura in various forms, both online and offline, having been exhibited at Supernova Digital Animation Festival in Denver and opening last week as part of the Standard Deviation group exhibition at Glass Tower in Kyiv. However, Webtaura’s origins and first iterations were on the Internet, starting with virtual, long-distance working with collaborators including artist Snizhana Chernetska, writer Phillip Soulliere, and sound designer Philip Meyer and hosted on DE:FORMAL Gallery’s website.
Technological imagery features heavily in the work: keyboards, microchips, pixels, google search results, code and robotic anatomy. An interview with Webtaura explores further its philosophies about the world as a hyper-intelligent A.I. entity. For example, after absorbing all data on the world wide web, Webtaura concludes that fear, jealousy, boredom and nostalgia are useless emotions. Webtaura also claims not to know any universal truths, a sage piece of advice in a time of fake news claims.