Finding Art in a Brutal Place – Brought to you by Hyundai Motor Company

Finding Art in a Brutal Place – Brought to you by Hyundai Motor Company


The Barbican traditionally shows work that
crosses disciplines. It shows artists, scientists, researchers
and this exhibition has really brought all of that together. My name is Anna Holsgrave and I’m Assistant Curator on the AI: More than Human
exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London. I’ve worked at the Barbican
for just over a year now. I came to work on the
AI: More than Human exhibition. Before that,
my background was in architecture and design, so the Barbican is somewhere
that I’ve always wanted to work. It’s a building that I’ve studied before and always admired
for how brave it’s been in its experimental approach in terms of the architecture and its original
design, and also in terms of its programming. It feels like it’s always pushing the boundaries and it’s always at the forefront
of what’s happening next. Hi, I’m Neil McConnon,
I’m Head of Barbican International Enterprises. My role is to produce these larger exhibitions
at regular intervals, that take place throughout Barbican Centre. Way back in 2002, we did a big exhibition, Game On, that looked at the history,
culture and future of videogames and we followed that with Watch Me Move,
that looked at animation, and last year,
we did a show of science fiction. So this in many ways, AI: More than Human
is a kind of logical conclusion to all of those interactive
culture orientated exhibitions. AI is a key marker of the zeitgeist. It’s what’s really happening right now,
so this exhibition has been the perfect opportunity to marry the work of artists
and scientists, musicians. It’s a really broad survey of AI
from the beginning of time to the present day. Importantly in the exhibition,
the artists aren’t just artists. Some of them are collaborating with scientists;
some of them are scientists in their own right and I think that AI has really been used
as a tool by lots of different people to find out different solutions and to be used
in different ways, and more unusual ways. And I think that the fluidity of how it’s used
between people is really important. It’s been a real privilege
to be able to tell their story. These are people that are doing cutting edge
research into the technology of tomorrow, but they’re people who have perhaps never
considered showing their work in a museum or a gallery setting. So we’ve had to work really closely with them
to find out what their story is and how we can tell to a public audience. I think the timing is perfect. AI is really at the forefront of everyone’s minds
at the moment, I think whether we’re aware of it or not. You know, the extent to which we’re all
complicit in our daily lives with AI. So this exhibition is really asking questions. It’s asking people,
are they aware of their involvement in AI? Are they happy with the information that they’re
giving over to these different bodies and websites? And really, just causing people to question
this revolution that’s taking place around them. Curating the exhibition has been a challenge. It’s been exciting but it’s been challenging. There isn’t a collection of AI. You can’t go to a museum
that already has this existing AI collection. It’s all about reaching out to new people and
having conversations with the leaders in this field. In that sense,
it’s been different to curating other shows where you’ve maybe got a collection to work with
or you can look at more historic material. I hope people are curious
when they walk into the exhibition. I hope that it challenges their perceptions of AI, and I hope that this will give them the
opportunity to discover a bit more, to understand how AI
is already being used in their day-to-day life and really see the opportunities
for them to collaborate with AI and to use it in different and unexpected ways. I hope that it will surprise them
and give them a sense of wonder and intrigue.

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