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LOW FORM. The Age of Artificial Intelligence at the MAXXI

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


01. Carola Bonfili, 3412 Kafka - First Chapter, The Infinite End of Franz Kafka’s “Das Schloss”, 2018, 3D graphics by Miloš Belanec

02. Pakui Hardware Left: On Demand. Right: On Demand I (detail), 2017. Installation. Exhibition view in EXILE, Berlin. Courtesy: the artists and EXILE, Berlin. Photo: Pakui Hardware

03. Trevor Paglen, Vampire (Corpus: Monsters of Capitalism). Adversarially Evolved Hallucination, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

04. Emilio Vavarella, Do You Like Cyber?, 2017. Site specific sound installation. Courtesy: l'artista e GALLLERIAPIÙ.

05. Anna Uddenberg, Pockets Obese (2017) - Courtesy the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin.

06. Luca Trevisani. Left: Caldo (Giorgio Manganelli), 2017 - Courtesy the artist
Right: Wireless Fidelity, 2018 - Courtesy the artist

07. Cheyney Thomspon. Left: Stochastic Process Painting, 2018 - Courtesy of the artist and Campoli Presti, London / Paris
Right: 489bis-1215 (1879-1900), 2018 - Courtesy of the artist and Campoli Presti, London / Paris

08. Avery K Singer, Untitled, 2016 - Courtesy: Collezione privata / Private collection, New York

09. Jon Rafman, SHADOWBANNED: Punctured Sky, 2018 - single-channel HD video, stereo sound - Courtesy the artist 

10. Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen, Transcendental Accidents (The Aalto Natives), 2017-2018 - mixed media + single channel video
Courtesy the artists and Monitor (Roma-Lisbona), Ellen De Bruijne (Amsterdam), Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam), The Box (Los Angeles)

11. Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, im here to learn so :)))))) HD video still, four-channel HD video installation, 2017

12. Agnieszka Polska, What The Sun Has Seen, 2017 - Courtesy ZAK | BRANICKA

13. Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self, live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound, 2017 - Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)