The art-as-research entered here is a reflection on environmental collapse and its technical representation in the Anthropocene, a project named The Drowned World after J. G. Ballard’s dystopian novel of the same name. Is imagination being subsumed by the artificial? Are the socio-technic hyperobjects of artificial intelligence and global warming chimera of the imagination, or certainties emergent from a desire for virtuality? The Drowned World Project proposes to employ text-driven image synthesis as an aesthetic apparatus obscuring the distinction between imagination (potentiality) and virtuality (artificiality) to offer a computational poetics of a world drowning in data, an imaginative ecology of the virtual sublime.

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