If we were smarter and had thought things through more

25 Sep 2015 – 27 Sep 2015

Kunsthaus Meinblau

Berlin, Germany


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The exhibition indulges in the sheer headiness of the world of information in a disembodied dance of posthuman kitsch.


Featuring a new limited edition artist book and an unlimited stream of sound, data and colour - all performed and watched over by machines of loving grace. In the title of the exhibition, Lucy Powell refers to a proposal by Eliezer Yudkowsky that artificial intelligence (AI) should be entrusted with implementing humanity's 'coherent extrapolated volition' - i.e. all the things we would want were we people better all round. Of course the title can also be given a cautionary interpretation and thus neatly sums up both sides of the debate – one utopian, one apocalyptic – at the dawn of deep learning and burgeoning automation. AI is born of the marriage of information and technology, and with this as its focus the exhibition represents a further step in Powell's exploration of the cybernetic triangle of animal-human-machine.

Exhibiting artists

Lucy Powell


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