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Machine perception, autonomous action and artificial intelligence at The Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt


Shinseungback Kimyonghun - "Flower", (Gwangju Museum of Art), 2016-17

Zach Blas/Jemina Wyman, "I'm hear to learn so :))))))", (IMA, Australia), 2017

From February 15 to April 08, 2018, The Frankfurter Kunstverein will present “I am here to learn: On Machinic Interpretations of the World” with international artists, whose work thematizes the processes involved in machine perception and autonomous action.

The thematically organized group exhibition “I am here to learn” addresses adaptive algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI). The exhibition focuses on perception and interpretation as human qualities, which machines can acquire through learning procedures.

Artificial intelligence is all around us. Other and foreign, we nevertheless share a common environment: at work, on the Internet, or in the connected, private home. The rapid development of computer technology, progress in the field of robotics, and a new generation of self-teaching systems are currently in a position to change numerous areas of life. Algorithms optimize online-dating and make transactions in financial systems, robots assume the roles of nurses, and adaptive learning systems navigate our cities’ infrastructures.

The exhibition I am here to learn: On Machinic Interpretations of the World investigates art’s role in a field influenced by specialist technicians, market interests, and increasingly privatized research, which, in turn, influence and alter numerous sections of our society. What does the phrase “I am” mean, if it comes from a machinic entity? What does “I am here” mean, if artificial intelligence has no body through which to position itself in the world?

Participating Artists: Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman, Dries Depoorter, Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Chelsea E. Manning, Jake Elwes, Jerry Galle, Adam Harvey, Esther Hovers, Yunchul Kim, Gregor Kuschmirz, Noomi Ljungdell, Trevor Paglen, Fito Segrera, Oscar Sharp with Ross Goodwin & Benjamin, Shinseungback Kimyonghun, Patrick Tresset

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