A.I. between humour, fear & utopia II CCA, Montreal Canada

xxx-cavat0r©Frederik De Wilde, 2018 Courtesy of the artist

Gluon & BOZAR Lab are proud to present the exhibition A.I.: Between humour, fear and utopia.

Participating artists include Frederik De Wilde, Jonas Lund, Dries Depoorter, Taline Temizian, Pinar Yoldas, Jerry Galle and Alex Verhaest

We are in the midst of rapid AI innovation. Interest and expectations are all-time high and the latest developments are astonishing. Much investment capital is being injected in these new technologies and promising innovations. With the latest advancements in ‘deep learning’, self-learning neural networks, robotics and the availability of an enormous amount of data we are looking towards endless possibilities in many different fields. But opinions on the societal impact of A.I. developments are very diverse. Scientists and industrialists such as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates warn that A.I. could spell the end of human race and urge people to be aware of it. On the other hand, some thinkers see in A.I. a means for dealing with challenges that humans alone are unable to overcome.

In this exhibition seven artists, living and working in Brussels, reflect upon the societal impact of these technological evolutions. They make the systems and structures behind artificial intelligence visible and reveal the interplay between humans and machines. They hereby focus on aspects beyond the technological and economic horizon to scrutinize cultural, psychological, philosophical and spiritual aspects. Their works let us look with fear and humour, as well as utopia and fate towards artificial intelligence.

Artists are increasingly working with A.I. solutions and algorithms in different fields such as image recognition or natural language processing. By working together with experts within the field of A.I. or exploring its potential applications, artists get a better feeling on the impact of these technologies, its dangers as well as its creative possibilities. And by doing so they stimulate the inevitable debate about the role of A.I. in art and the definition of art and creativity in a state of rapid transformation.

The exhibition has been curated by Gluon & co-produced by Gluon / BOZAR Lab

With the kind support of: Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, Brussels International, Brussels Invest & Export

Partners: Le Printemps Numérique

Special thanks to the Canadian Centre for Architecture for hosting the exhibition at the Maison Shaughnessy in Montreal, Canada.