Few topics today are as controversial as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Indeed, AI is a technology that triggers euphoria and scepticism in equal measure, for it impacts us in our very souls as human beings. On the one hand, the use of AI holds out the promise that many complex technical processes can be carried out more efficiently, safely, and conveniently, which in turn translates into a more pleasant future for us all. But on the other, AI also raises a number of justified concerns. For instance: how reliable and neutral are automated processes? What sort of criteria does AI use to reach its decisions – and what are those decisions? Can our personal privacy and our self-determination when it comes to information content be protected from access by AI?
This novel technology certainly has plenty of potential; all the more reason, then, to discuss its further development and application with a critical mindset. After all, the research and the trials now being conducted in research institutions and various companies already impinge on many areas of society. The new special exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum highlights specifically how the use of AI systems is likely to gradually alter our understanding of everyday life, mobility, work, health, and politics. This raises many questions: What sort of problems are we looking to solve with AI in the first place? What sort of decisions do we want to place in the ‘hands’ of AI systems? Where do we draw the line?
On 800 m² of exhibition space, cultural-historical exhibits, scientific objects and contributions as well as audiovisual media will offer all sorts of insights into the current state of AI development, but also how we approach AI. What’s more, the perspectives afforded by the works of international contemporary artists will provide just as many opportunities to reflect on the influence this technology has on our lives. The exhibition will not only look at the dreams of the past and the possibilities and impossibilities of our present, but also consider the question of how we intend to use Artificial Intelligence for our own ends in the future.
Curator and Project Manager: Yasemin Keskintepe
Scientific Co-Curator: Dr Thomas Ramge
Scenography: chezweitz, Berlin
Curatorial Research associate: Dr Anke Woschech
Curatorial Research Project Assistance: Bettina Beer, Clarissa Lütz, Lisa Nikolaus
Conceptual Contribution: Ars Electronica, Linz I Austria; Detlef Weitz, chezweitz, Berlin
Tactical TecH Collective: In the last room of the exhibition, the Berlin collective will present a series of exhibits from its ‘Glass Room’ project
Barkhausen Institute: The Barkhausen Institute, Dresden, is researching the trustworthiness of the Internet of Things and is developing an interactive exhibit especially for the exhibition.
Memo Akten, Timo Arnall, M. Eifler, Cheng Guo, Constant Dullaart, Adam Harvey, Mario Klingemann, Lauren Lee McCarthy & David Leonard, Anna Ridler, Philipp Schmitt & Mikkel Mikkelsen, Mimi Onuoha
Scientific supervision and consulting
Doreen Böttcher (CeTI Cluster of Excellence, Dresden University of Technology), Dr Simon Egbert (Technical University of Berlin), Prof. Dr Thomas Hänseroth (Dresden University of Technology), Dr Jessica Heesen (University of Tübingen), Prof. Dr Andreas Knie (Berlin Social Science Centre), Prof. Dr Susanne Krasmann (University of Hamburg), Cathérine Lehmann (Technical University of Berlin), Dr Ralf Pulla (Dresden Technical Collections), Dr Rico Radeke (5 G Lab Germany, Dresden University of Technology), Prof. Dr Tilman Santarius (Technical University of Berlin), Prof. Dr Florian A. Schmidt (University of Applied Sciences Dresden), Prof. Dr Dr Matthias Schroeter (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig), Prof. Dr Stefanie Speidel (National Centre for Tumour Diseases, Dresden)
Translation: Stephen Grynwasser