Grey Matters is an online collective intelligence art project with participants from around the world connecting via a variety of social media platforms to produce a series of works exploring the concept of grey – literally and metaphorically.
This art work is partly a response to the extremism developing in public discourse, particularly in big social media, and the sound-bite, click-bait, post-truth culture that feeds it. Taking inspiration from the honey bees, the project questions the nature of collective intelligence and the potential for online creative problem solving communities - cyber micro-eutopias (realisable ‘good places’, not impossible ‘utopias’); and in doing so, perhaps altering our perceptions of our own identity, the notion of Self, our consciousness, and the changing nature of relationships in the Information Age. Grey Matters makes an appeal to the 'wisdom of the crowds', to its collective grey matter, in resistance to extremist ideology, black-and-white thinking, and hate; it asks the question, "Does reason matter any more?"
If you would like to make an artistic statement about the need for more reason, facts, nuance, and truth in public discourse, or you are attracted to the idea of creative collective intelligence working, or you just like the visual idea of grey, then I invite you to participate in the Grey Matters project.