I Magma 4+

The Serpentine Galleries

Designed for iPad

    • 3.5 • 4 Ratings
    • Free



I Magma by Jenna Sutela in collaboration with Memo Akten and Allison Parrish is a machine oracle performing divinations on our collective futures. The decentralised intelligence meditates on live video footage from inside head-shaped lava lamps, while weaving constellations between the GPS coordinates of its online followers. A computer generates oracular readings from the shapes that form using a neural network trained on public domain source texts from the Internet Sacred Texts Archive. Additional lexical items are inspired by and borrowed from Erowid’s Shulgin Archives, a series of lab notebooks that detail psychedelic experience.

Readings appear within the app every 30 seconds and as push notifications once a day.

Jenna Sutela is an artist working with words, sounds, and other living media, such as Bacillus subtilis nattō bacteria and the “many-headed” slime mold Physarum polycephalum. Her audiovisual pieces, sculptures, and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology.

Jenna Sutela with Memo Akten, language generation by Allison Parrish, 2019
UI and app development by Black Shuck
Co-commissioned by Serpentine Galleries and Moderna Museet
Eurotica Bugs typeface by Helsinki Type Studio

Supported on iPhone 6s and above
Requires iOS 11 and later

Digital engagement supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Serpentine Galleries is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

What’s New

Version 1.5

This version fixes some compatibility issues.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

aarrttíísstt ,

Oracle is dormant

Really love the idea of this app and was so excited to write about it for my report at uni. But it kept saying that the oracle was dormant. When do the lava lamps get turned on?

dani2xll ,

Poorly constructed.

It tends to lapse that there are shadows and so doesn’t show anything but bland and white spots and the phone gets extremely warm after just a few seconds of the apps use.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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