Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Human Dreams

06. Nov 2021 - 28. Aug 2022

A Deutsches Hygiene-Museum exhibition


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.

Project Team

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

Co-operation partners

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.

Participating artists

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)

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Media cooperation

Translation: Stephen Grynwasser