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New exhibition enters the eerie vacuum between human and machine creativity

New exhibition enters the eerie vacuum between human and machine creativity Detail from “Deep Meditations 1.0”, Memo Akten

In partnership with the Cyland media arts lab in St. Petersburg, Goldsmiths is unveiling a major new exhibition on the “twilight between human and machine creativity“.

Entitled Creative Machine 2, it is curated by amongst others, William Latham, whom we profiled back in 2013.

There are works within the exhibition in which Latham is involved; these works principally involve VR and include the latest incarnation of the Mutator organic art series which he produces in partnership with Stephen Todd er al

Jake Elwes’ Dada DaTa is being shown, where IBM’s Watson AI services were deployed to strip over 50 hours of YouTube videos down to a bunch of techbros talking numbers in the style of The Day Today’s Collaterlie Sisters:


Nye Thompson’s The Seeker creates visual chains from words derived out of visual recognition using security cameras as the source. Laura Dekker’s Expressive Machine gives a life to a chair; telemetry pulls sensory data in from the New Cross Road, beaming it back and creating the feeling of a luxuriant cognitive overload. Vase Forms from Andy Lomas offers unique works every time through algorithmic development of sculpture.

One of the stand-out works appears to be Sergey Katran’s Black Pool puts Schrödinger’s philosophies to the test: a pool of black water contains three fish “bites”, but you don’t know as to whether the pool is alive with fish (or something else) or dead. It looks still, tranquil and yet with a sense of... unheimlich, perhaps. 

Creative Machine 2 opens at Goldsmiths in London on 08/11/18. More here.

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