Marc Lee, Iris Qu Xiaoyu and Shervin Saremi’s collaborative AI project YANTO – yaw and not tip over simulates a speculative underwater environment 30 years from now This virtual scuba dive imagines an ecosystem of organisms that have been technologically altered in order to survive climate change. Some animals have 3D-printed shells to control their body temperature and pH, while plant life is genetically modified or artificially produced in order to reduce ocean acidification.
Relying on technological innovation, YANTO proposes a provocative solution to the climate crisis. Floating through the simulation’s blue waters, the artists push viewers to interrogate a widespread tendency to idealise the potentials of technology. If this is what an exclusively technological solution to climate change looks like, is it what we want?