An avatar questioning the meaning of life, two robots exploring the relationship between man and machine, a live simulation that self-replicates ad infinitum, building constantly different worlds, Rubens’ figure of Bellone, obsessively redrawn by software, the highs and lows of the stock market, which turn into the colours of abstract paintings. All this and much more makes up LOW FORM. Imaginaries and Visions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: a journey into the technological and surreal imagination of today’s artists, with computer-generated dreams, creative algorithms and augmented reality. Not just an exhibition but an immersive multimedia and multisensory experience, a workshop for study and debate on themes and issues involved with our relationship with technology and the incredible scenarios laid open by its evolution.
In an age in which technology is progressing increasingly rapidly and we wonder how far the relationship between man and machine can go, LOW FORM lays bare the visions of 16 international artists, showcasing a present and a future generated by technological unconsciousness and a dilated imaginary, melding traditional analogue references and contemporary hyper-connected digital consciousness.
Over 20 large installations are being showcased by artists who have exhibited at the world’s leading institutions, from MoMA to the New Museum in New York, London’s Serpentine Gallery, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and are prominent exponents of the Millennial Generation. Influenced by the globalised culture and intersecting disciplines and shifting effortlessly between different and cross-cutting references, their works are hybrid creations that are an amalgam of visual, digital and sound, making for a 21st century Surrealism driven by technological sub- conscious, automatic processes, creative algorithms and Deep Dream.
Here’s just one such example: im here to learn so :)))))) (2017) by Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman features Tay, an artificial intelligence chatbot created by Microsoft but terminated in 2016 after being hacked. The artists have reanimated this 3D avatar across a 4-channel video installation, edited with a psychedelic backdrop created by means of Deep Dream, a programme for generating artificial visions. Tay questions the meaning of its existence and manifests its feelings of intelligence frustrated by a lack of physicality.
Atmospheric and dreamlike, Low Form is nonetheless an extremely concrete spur for questioning the interaction between man and machine and the potential anarchic autonomy of the latter.
LOW FORM. Imaginaries and Visions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo
4/a Via Guido Reni
20th October 2018 – 24th February 2019