Black Swan in Three Variations

Video Artist: Patricia Olynyk
Video Genre: Country: Year: Duration: 1 min 47 sec


3-channel (UHD 4K) video [00:00:00, color, sound, loop], ambisonic score (rendered to binaural), AR; digital displays, headphones, Apple iPad; headset; plinth  


Drawing from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s timely and relevant book from his Incerto Series, “Antifragile,” and the notion that individuals can gain from the impact of highly improbable events, this triptych and evocative soundscape offer three meditations on a selection of black swan events, including 911 and its aftermath, the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and collapse of the global financial market, the sinking of the Titanic, and the recent rise of ChatGPT. The score in particular explores perceived randomness and variability through algorithmic electroacoustic composition and granular synthesis. 

Adam Hogan 


Adam Hogan is a media artist, cinematographer, composer, researcher, and advocate for film and media preservation. His work engages experimental approaches to moving image and sound by using the mediums themselves through production and development to explore how media technologies shape our perception and relationships to spaces and histories. His work and collaborations have been featured in numerous national and international festivals, exhibitions and collections including: Ars Electronica, International Symposium on Electronic Art, CYFEST-13, Smithsonian Institution, Berlinale, Athens Digital Arts Festival, and more. Hogan holds a Ph.D. in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. 


Patricia Olynyk

Patricia Olynyk is a multimedia artist, scholar and educator. Patricia Olynyk’s work investigates science and technology-related themes and the ways in which social systems and institutional structures shape our understanding of the world. Olynyk is the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, Co-chair of Leonardo/ISAST’s LASER Talks program in New York, and Medicine + Media Arts Fellow at UCLA’s Art | Sci Center. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Palazzo Michiel, Venice; the Saitama Modern Art Museum, Japan; the Los Angeles International Biennial; The Brooklyn Museum; and the National Academy of Sciences in D.C. Olynyk’s writing has been featured in Public Journal, the Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture, Leonardo Journal, and Bio/Matter/Techno Synthetics (Actar Press). She lives and works in the USA.