Dates: 9th Feb - 9th April
Artists: Mike Tyka, Lorem, Moisés Horta Valenzuela, Chris Kore, Chrystal Ding, Isabella Salas x Nora Golic, Giovanni Muzio and Pat Pataranutaporn as part of Fluid Interfaces research group at MIT Media Lab.
February 9th marks the opening of 'Uno, Nessuno, Centomila', a group show that brings together nine artists whose practices revolve around artificial intelligence and the fluidity of identity in virtual spaces.The exhibition is a collaboration between Umanesimo Artificiale, studio and artist platform, and Electric Artefacts, a digital art gallery.
The transformational period in human history we are living in raises the issue of the continuous definition and re-definition of ourselves. In a world where physical and digital identities are less and less separated, the restless search for an identity independent of others’ preconceptions may lead us to simultaneously fall without a self and exist immersed in a cloud of hundred thousands selves.
At the current stage of artificial intelligence design, we have to decide whether we want it to merely serve us, or to challenge and augment our many self-states. Can interacting with an artificial intelligent agent help us introspect and understand who we are?
In reference to the novel "One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand" by the Nobel prize-winning Luigi Pirandello, the online exhibition explores the notion of self in the digital realm. Visitors can explore and purchase limited-edition prints, video work, 3D printed artefacts and even a wearable installation.
For the first time, Electric Artefacts also unveils the option for visitors to commission the exhibited works to be purchased as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NFTs are unique, digital items with blockchain-managed ownership that have proved to offer artists a toolkit to set rules for the market of their assets, such as control over metadata, royalties and scarcity of the work.
Electric Artefacts is a gallery for new media art. It serves as an exhibition space, destination for learning and consultancy on everything at the intersection of digital technology and contemporary art.
Umanesimo Artificiale is a studio and artist platform based in Italy, committed to the investigation of what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence.
The exhibition goes live February 9th at 18:00 GMT
Accessible online: https://www.electricartefacts.art/show/uno-nessuno-centomila
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