Our Friends Electric

1 Jul 2017 – 10 Sep 2017

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Mon - Sat 11:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 12 noon - 5:00pm

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England, United Kingdom


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Adventures in Robotics, A.I. and other stories.


Our Friends Electric is an exhibition in QUAD Gallery featuring artists who explore a range of themes and ideas relating to robots, artificial intelligence (AI), online networks and synthetic biology to highlight our hopes and fears for a present and future increasingly shaped by technological advance.

There has been a glut of recent news reports that obsess with the idea of robots and AI replacing humans in the workplace. We fear apocalyptic scenarios of AI machines rebelling against us; yet advances in robotics, AI and synthetic biological research also point to a bright future free of disease, where we live longer and our lives are made easy.
The artists gathered together for Our Friends Electric draw inspiration from front-line scientific research, yet provide a creative – and emotive – understanding to the continuing moral and ethical questions that surround new and evolving technology. The exhibition features film works; robotic sculptures and automata, and prints/ drawings produced by robots/ AI ‘life-forms’. 


Peter Bonnell

Exhibiting artists

Joey Holder

Joey Holder


Anna Dumitriu & Alex May

Alex Pearl


Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach


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