The Head of the Blue Chip II
Dianne Harris, 2009
The Head of the Blue Chip II depicts the convergence of man and machine. It mimics and suggests future human development through the infiltration of technology, such as customising stem cells to grow human organs, refashioning sight with video-vision and micro and macro bionic eye implants, in-built sensor devices and embedded brain data or knowledge chips. The title refers to the phrase ‘blue chip’, used to describe economically stable high quality stock companies able to operate profitably in the face of adverse economic conditions.
The artwork evokes the silent and watchful gaze of our surveillance state, evocative of the hidden forces controlling our every move, the recording and monitoring of data, the governance and control of our lives through technological process. One side of the brain shows what the eye sees and the other what it is thinking.