Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Helen Knowles

19 Jan 2017 – 26 Feb 2017

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Zabludowicz Collection, London

London, United Kingdom


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  • 31, 168 24, 27 and 46
  • Chalk Farm or Camden Town
  • Kentish Town West Overground

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The Trial of Superdebthunterbot is a project initiated in 2015 by Knowles which explores questions of ethics and accountability in relation to the increasing and often unseen computer automation of our lives.


Initiated as a performance, and subsequently developed into a video filmed in Southwark Crown Court with a mixture of legal experts, actors and volunteers, the piece imagines a speculative scenario in which a debt collecting company buys up student loans and, via an unconventional use of big data, seeks to ensure fewer defaulters by targeting individuals. A chain of events leads to deaths in medical trials. Can an algorithm be held culpable in a court of law?

Knowles (B. 1975) is an artist and curator living and working in Manchester. Before completing her MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London in July 2016 she studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Fast Future Publishing and Fast Future Research.

Exhibiting artists

Helen Knowles


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