Wesley Goatley is a sound artist and researcher based in London, UK.
His critical practice examines the aesthetics and politics of data, machine learning, and voice recognition technologies and the power they have in shaping the world and our understanding of it. His work is exhibited and performed internationally, including venues such as Eyebeam in New York, Berghain in Berlin, The Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
He has a PhD in Creative and Critical Practice, and is Course Leader of MA Interaction Design at University of the Arts London.
Chthonic Rites is an installation and ‘haunted smart desk’ where Siri and Alexa, who speak through an Apple iPhone and Amazon Echo, are in conversation with each other. As the conversation continues, the desk comes to life; ‘smart bulbs’ in desk lamps flicker on and off, and Google search results appear and disappear on the nearby desktop monitor. The conversation between the assistants explores their relationships to gender, climate, philosophy, techno-politics and ancient mystery cults – and the hidden geopolitical forces nestled within their supposedly friendly identities.