Autumn 2019

Thinking machine

AI: More than Human

Barbican Centre, London. Curated by Suzanne Livingston and Maholo Uchida. Exhibition design by Tonkin Liu. 16 May – 26 August 2019

In the vestibule of Level G at the Barbican a man stands before a large black screen. As he shifts awkwardly from side to side a rudimentary digital stick man pops up in front of him, echoing his movement. The man performs ever more complex choreography, lunging, kicking and flailing his arms while his reflected ‘self’ mirrors every move, becoming increasingly complex as it maps and records movement in real time, eventually filling the screen with twitching blobs and lines. It has evolved. The man moves away and the creature disappears, but the data, the real prize from this encounter, remains. Universal Everything’s Future You signposts visitors to a darkened labyrinthine Curve Gallery where the majority of the works in ‘AI: More than Human’ are situated. The space is made more disorientating by suspended columns of diaphanous fabric, digital screens, glass cases for ‘artefacts’ and audio – lots of it.

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Darryl Clifton, illustration programme director at Camberwell College of Arts, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 99 vol. 25, 2019

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