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Patrick Killoran's work addresses how consumerism dominates public discourse by intervening in these spaces and provoking conflict and debate. Often, the commodity itself is the vehicle for these interventions. He has presented solo projects at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut; Ikon in Birmingham, United Kingdom; Sculpture Center in Long Island City and Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles. Killoran's distinguished exhibition - history includes numerous international exhibitions, including Everyday, the 1998 Biennial of Sydney (Australia), Wanås 2000 (Sweden), at the With de Witte in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Killoran lives and works in New York.

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1. Defect Reprise

Artists: Patrick Killoran

Composer: Jon Fielder

Engineer: Vivian Maithoa Nguyen

Dimensions: variable

Materials: Boots, Walking, Electronics and Sound

Year: 2017


Visitors are invited to try on a pair of boots and walk about the gallery. The boots are outfitted with electronic sensors and transmitters. The visitor's steps trigger a series of amplified sounds that gradually evolve from a squeak into a composition of sorts in which the visitor's movement is embedded and amplified.


2. Patent-Bot

Artists: Patrick Killoran, James Sham, Neil Rubens and Brian Korgel

Dimensions: variable

Materials: Artificial Intelligence Software Program, Computer Workstation.


Patent-Bot is an artificial intelligence (A.I.) software program that writes original patents to be submitted to the United States Patent Office for consideration. The program analyzes the database of accepted patents and produces original patents based on a variety of metrics. The US patent archive offers a database of exemplars that help train Patent-Bot to find new ideas, as well as formulate them in some semblance of intelligible text. Patent-Bot exploits the mechanical language employed in the conventional patent application to automate parts of the innovation process. Patent-Bot may also use words and vocabulary that are "pre-neologisms", that is, terms that it projects will enter the English language at a future point. The likelihood of the Patent-Bot expressing intelligible ideas increases in a forum where the linguistic conceits tend toward the mechanical and technical. Capable of producing at least 50,000 patent summaries a second, Patent-Bot is itself a piece of intellectual property, which in turn exists to generate more intellectual property.


The exhibition is now on at Visual arts centre in UT Austin. The exhibit closes on February 24th.Click here to have a look at the exhibition guide.